ORAL SLEEP APPLIANCE
Do you snore? Do you ever feel fatigued even after a full night’s rest? Or have you ever been told you may gasp or choke while you are sleeping? If you answered yes to any questions, you could be at risk for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that stops your breathing while you sleep. This can increase your risk for high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, diabetes, depression and many more. Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea can be treated with surgery depending on the severity of the disorder or a CPAP machine. This machine allows continuous positive airway pressure while you sleep. However, some patients cannot tolerate either procedure. However, “a recent update of the clinical practice parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) state that oral appliances are indicated for the treatment of mild-to-moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea in patients who prefer oral appliances to CPAP, who do not respond to CPAP, who are not suitable for treatment with CPAP, or for whom treatment attempts with CPAP are unsuccessful.”
While these oral appliances are more accepted by patients, it is highly recommended to consider a CPAP machine first as they are more effective in treatment of sleep apnea. Oral appliances are portable mouth guards that are removable and used at night to prevent the collapse of the tongue and the soft palate onto the back of the throat. This device is attached to the upper and lower teeth, and then mechanically moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open during sleep.
Dr. Marlette is one of two, in the state of Kentucky, to be honored as a diplomate for the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. We work in partnership with the areas finest sleep physicians, pulmonologists, ENT’s, and primary care physicians to provide sleep apnea oral appliance therapy for patients who cannot tolerate CPAP machines, who are not candidates for corrective surgery, or who merely desire an alternative therapy for their snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
For more information, you can visit our website: Dental Sleep Medicine of Northern Kentucky or give our office a call at 859-283-0033 to schedule an consult if this treatment seems right for you!