Sleep Apnea Dental Devices
For sufferers of mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), dental devices that hold the lower jaw forward while sleeping have been proven to help open the airway, and reduce the number of times the patient stops breathing per hour. In medical literature, they have been shown to reduce risk of death from OSA, which is indeed a life-threatening disorder!
While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is still considered the gold standard for OSA, some patients are unable to tolerate the intrusive presence of the mask, the air being blown while sleeping, and/or the dry mouth that comes with it all.
Dr. Friedman completed her Master’s degree performing pioneering research on the effects of the airway of these devices, and was the first to use 3D imaging to look at the airway with the devices in place. Please see her ground breaking research in the links below which has been cited in academic journals all over the world hundreds of times!:
- The relationship of vertical skeletofacial morphology to oropharyngeal airway shape using cone beam computed tomography: Possible implications for airway restriction
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Use of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Airway Imaging: A Review
At your Sleep Apnea Appliance Consult, Dr. Friedman will review the severity of your Sleep Apnea with you, perform an exam, and ask you questions to determine if the appliance is right for you, and if so, what type, as there are numerous appliances that perform almost the same function, but different patients will be more comfortable in different ones.
If you and Dr. Friedman decide to proceed with making an appliance, you will have molds of your mouth made, which will be sent to the lab to fabricate your device.
Once the appliance has been delivered and titrated to hold the lower jaw in the correct position, you will sleep better, getting more oxygen at night, and even reduce any snoring that you may be experiencing! Even if you are feeling much better, with more energy during the day, less sleepiness, and even less hunger, it is important to follow up with your physician after titration to ensure that the OSA is really under control. You will need a follow-up sleep study.
Find Your Orthodontist In Arvada
West Arvada Orthodontics is conveniently located at the intersection of Candelas Parkway and Highway 72.