Our Oshawa dentists are now partnering with a local sleep medicine physician to treat individuals with sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep disordered breathing.
Although we do not diagnose sleep disorders, we can screen for signs of apnea and work with a sleep physician to make the appropriate diagnosis. In most cases, a clinical sleep study is used to determine if an oral appliance is appropriate.
Dr. Gold’s Source Dental can assist you in making such arrangements, even if you are not already seeing a sleep physician.
Oral Sleep Appliances
In many situations, it is possible for individuals to bypass their CPAP equipment, when appropriate. Especially for people who need CPAP machines but can’t or are unable to wear them. Instead, they opt for an oral appliance for apnea.
A customized oral prosthesis is designed to naturally open your airway near the back of the throat. Such mouthpieces guide the lower jaw forward, preventing soft tissues from collapsing against one another.
When such equipment works as it is designed to, many people can tell a difference as early as the first night.
Should I Trust a Dentist With My Sleeping Problem?
Your oral anatomy plays a part when it comes to diagnosing and managing certain types of sleeping disorders. Whether it’s snoring or chronic obstructive sleep apnea, many people have found relief and a better night’s rest with the aid of a custom fitted oral prosthesis.
This serious sleeping disorder should only be treated under a medical assessment and direction of your physician. It is not advised that you discontinue using your CPAP without consulting your sleep specialist.
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