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March 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Could a simple dental device help you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control?

Have you been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Does your partner complain of sleep apneayour uncontrollably loud snoring night after night? Sleep apnea impacts about 22 million Americans, and unfortunately, research suggests that as many as 24 million Americans have this problem but don’t even know it. As sleep apnea can have a serious impact on your health, you must talk with Montclair, NJ, award-winning dentist Dr. Paul Dionne about how dental sleep medicine may be able to manage your sleep apnea symptoms.

Why does sleep apnea require treatment?

Sleep apnea occurs when there are pauses in breathing throughout the night. These pauses can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. Having five or more apnea episodes per hour may be enough for an OSA diagnosis. A sleep study is the best way to diagnose whether a person may have sleep apnea.

Untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious health problems, which is why it’s important to seek proper treatment and medical care if you think you might have it. Along with the miserable exhaustion, decrease in work productivity, and increase in accidents and injuries that come along with having this condition, untreated sleep apnea can also increase your risk for:

  • Heart attack
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • High blood pressure

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, people with sleep apnea are also 3 times more likely to die prematurely. So, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, or you’re experiencing symptoms, it’s important that you talk with your doctor and get evaluated by a medical professional immediately.

How can a dentist help with sleep apnea?

While CPAP therapy is one of the most common types of treatment options for patients living with sleep apnea, it isn’t the only option.

Dr. Dionne is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). He’s undergone specialized training and a residency program on the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and helps many patients living in and around Montclair, NJ, get their sleep apnea under control through dental sleep medicine. Dr. Dionne has helped many individuals manage mild to moderate sleep apnea through simple oral appliance therapy alone. This custom dental device fits over the upper and lower teeth like a mouthguard and is worn while sleeping, as it helps reposition the jaws to keep airways open throughout the night.

Oral appliance therapy can be used for mild, moderate, and severe sleep apnea symptoms. It can also be used in conjunction with current CPAP therapy with patients whose sleep apnea symptoms are so severe or unresponsive that CPAP alone isn’t enough. In this case, oral appliance therapy may help with significant improvements in sleep apnea symptoms and a drastic boost in restorative sleep.

Are you interested in sitting down with our Montclair, NJ, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Dionne at Glen Ridge Dental Arts to discuss oral appliance therapy? If you are interested in what dental sleep medicine can do for your health and wellbeing, call us at (973) 748-7790 to schedule an evaluation.

July 17, 2018
Category: Sleep Apnea

Find out how a simple oral appliance could manage your sleep apnea symptoms.

Did you just find out from a doctor that you are dealing with sleep apnea? While discovering this fact can be worrisome for some patients,sleep apnea we understand that it can also be a relief to finally figure out why you are feeling exhausted all of the time despite getting enough sleep. Of course, something you might not realize is that our very own Montclair, NJ dentist, Dr. Paul Dionne, could play a role in treating your sleep apnea symptoms for the long-term.

Once someone suspects that they have sleep apnea the next logical step is to schedule a sleep study with a sleep specialist. During that sleep study, a technician will be able to detect certain signs of sleep apnea. Once sleep apnea has been detected your doctor will work with you to create a treatment plan that works best for you. While CPAP therapy is the standard treatment for this sleep disorder, if you are only dealing with minor sleep apnea symptoms or if you are unable to tolerate CPAP then our Montclair, NJ, dentist may be able to treat your sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance.

Instead of wearing a facemask over your nose and mouth each night, we can provide you with a custom-fitted dental appliance that looks similar to a mouthguard and sits over both your upper and lower teeth. This device is great for treating both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. There are different kinds of oral appliances out there and depending on your situation, we will determine the kind that is right for you.

Oral appliances work in one of two ways: they either position the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing or they suppress the tongue to prevent it from blocking the airways while you sleep. Again, when we sit down with you during your consultation we will help you decide which oral appliance is best for you.

What makes oral appliance therapy so great is that all you have to do is wear this small, comfortable device while you sleep. This is particularly useful for frequent travelers, as having to carry around bulky CPAP machinery can be inconvenient and cumbersome. Plus, this oral appliance is also easy to keep clean and maintain.

Glen Ridge Dental Arts in Montclair, NJ, wants to make sure that you are sleeping soundly and waking up refreshed. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are interested in oral appliance therapy, call our office today to schedule a consultation.