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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment (OSA)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects approximately 20 million Americans, causing them to stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, sometimes for one minute or longer, hundreds of times a night. The individual affected is not awake long enough to remember these episodes and is often totally unaware of their snoring and fragmented sleep. Sleep Apnea contributes to irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and even stroke. Chronic untreated sleep apnea may be one of several important factors in premature aging, dementia, and loss of health and vitality.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a growing problem, with overweight and obese people making up the highest risk group for this disease. It is often under-diagnosed and left untreated, especially with younger patients. Oral Appliance Therapy is a safe and effective treatment option that will help decrease the prevalence of untreated Sleep Apnea and improve our patients sleep as well as their overall health. An oral appliance for sleep can also save relationships disrupted by snoring!

Sleep Apnea Symptoms

  • Loud Snoring

  • Daytime Sleepiness

  • Trouble Concentrating

  • Forgetfulness

  • Depression

  • Feeling Irritable

  • Night Sweats

  • Restless Sleep

  • Gasping for Air

  • Frequent Awakenings

  • Headaches in the Morning

These symptoms can be signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a dangerous condition that restricts oxygen flow during sleep.  Many people can be treated with a comfortable oral appliance created by your dentist.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep. There are several types of sleep apnea, but the most common is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For those with sleep apnea, collapsed tissue within the throat obstructs the airway resulting in interrupted breathing during sleep. When the airway is obstructed, the body partially awakens to resume breathing, in some cases hundreds of times per night. This interrupts the sleep cycle, preventing truly restful sleep which leads to feeling tired, grumpy and all of the symptoms listed above.

  • Pauses in breathing typically last 10 seconds
  • Severe cases may last up to 30 seconds
  • Loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea
  • Pauses can recur throughout the sleep cycle
  • May result in frequent awakenings and sleep fragmentation

OSA is an alarmingly common condition. It is estimated that nearly 1 in 5 American adults has mild OSA and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe OSA1. As many as 60 million Americans could be living with undiagnosed OSA and not even know it.

OSA can leave you feeling tired all day, cause fatigued driving and lower your productivity, but these are not the only dangers. Left untreated, OSA puts added stress on the body and immune system. Chronic lack of sleep can exacerbate existing conditions, increasing the likelihood of adverse events. Research findings report that Sleep apnea is commonly associated with other serious medical conditions like:

  • Obesity
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart-failure
  • Depression
  • Stroke

OSA is a widespread health problem, with potentially life threatening consequences if left untreated. For these reasons it is crucial that anyone experiencing symptoms be screened and tested for OSA. Intervening early can prevent progression of the disease and improve overall health, reducing other problems.

Are you diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

Have you been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Hate your CPAP? Do you wear your CPAP every night?

If you don’t, you are not alone. It is estimated that 80% of CPAP users do not wear the device more than 4 hours per night2. If you are not wearing the device as prescribed, you are not maximizing treating of the condition. Oral Appliance therapy is alternative to CPAP for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Custom-fitted oral appliances are an FDA approved treatment for mild to moderate OSA and CPAP intolerant/non-compliant cases. Our oral appliances are more comfortable and convenient, require no electricity, wires, hoses and do not make any noise.

2. When adherence is defined as greater than 4 hours of nightly use, 46 to 83% of patients with obstructive sleep apnea have been reported to be non adherent to treatment. Weaver TE, Grunstein RR. Adherence to continuous positive airway pressure therapy: the challenge to effective treatment. Proc Am Thorac Soc 2008; 5:173.

Think you may have Sleep Apnea?

If you suffer from any of the symptoms of OSA, schedule an appointment for a screening and consultation today. Our friendly staff will answer your questions and can provide you with a home sleep test. Contact us today and get you started on the path to better sleep. Stop suffering. Get the rest you deserve.

Comfortable, Convenient Treatment

We treat sleep apnea with an FDA approved oral appliance customized to fit each patient. The device works by positioning the lower jaw forward during sleep, keeping the airway open. The device fits in the palm of your hand, requires no electricity, wires or tubes and is easily packed into luggage for travel.

How it works:

  1. Schedule a screening at our office
  2. If the screening indicates you are at risk for OSA, we will arrange a Home Sleep Test
  3. Sleep in your own bed while the device monitors your sleep
  4. Results from the test are downloaded and sent to a board-certified Sleep Physician for review and diagnosis
  5. If the physician recommends Oral Appliance Therapy, we will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom device for you
  6. After the device is made, it may require adjustments to ensure optimal airflow
  7. A follow up home sleep test is used to verify the device is working as intended

Not every person qualifies for Oral Appliance Therapy. That is why the decision must be made with a qualified physician, who reviews the home sleep test and makes a diagnosis. Oral Appliance Therapy is a medical procedure and is billed through medical insurance, not dental insurance. As a DreamSleep office, we are IN-Network with all major medical insurance providers. Please contact us to learn more.

Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea:

  • Restful Sleep
  • More Energy
  • Improved Focus
  • Improved Productivity
  • Stronger Immune System
  • Improved Mood
  • Lower Blood Pressure

Call us today to get started: +1 (317) 888-4036

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DreamSleep Certified

Our office has been DreamSleep Certified for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. DreamSleep is a national network of Dentists and Physicians working together to raise awareness and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  DreamSleep Certification means every member of our sleep team has received intensive training on sleep medicine, oral appliance therapy and collaboration with physicians for testing and diagnosis.

All DreamSleep providers:

  • Are required to achieve accreditation in the fundamentals of dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy for sleep-related breathing disorders
  • Refer patients at risk to qualified physicians for diagnosis and prescription of an appropriate therapy
  • Use objective data to verify the efficacy of oral appliance therapy as permitted within their scope of practice and in accordance with their state dental practice acts
  • Refer patients back to physicians for confirmation of treatment efficacy after fitting and titration of an oral appliance
  • Provide timely, appropriate and ongoing follow-up care to manage dental-related side effects of oral appliance therapy

We believe that close teamwork with physicians is essential for successful management of sleep-related breathing disorders using oral appliance therapy.