Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a useful treatment option for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea. This treatment therapy also controls snoring for a better night’s sleep. Here at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, we are always studying the best way to treat sleep apnea and help you improve your quality of life. Oral appliance therapy is one of the best options available to address this potentially dangerous condition.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that in some cases can become extremely serious because it causes an interruption in normal breathing at night. If your brain is not receiving the signals from the muscles that control breathing, you may not wake up when there’s insufficient air coming through your airways.
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and happens when the throat muscles relax as you sleep.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is designed to keep the airways open when you sleep so you can receive sufficient oxygen levels in your blood and brain. This type of treatment is for people who cannot get used to using a CPAP machine for sleeping and those with obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from the more severe condition, this therapy is not advisable.
Some of these appliances help to keep your throat open and bring the jaw forward, which can help to relieve loud snoring that not only interrupts your sleep but that of your partner. All these appliances are built to help the patient breathe at night. You may need to try different appliances until you find the one that works best for you.
How We Diagnose Sleep Apnea
In most cases, we will send you to a sleep center for an overnight stay. During your time there, you will be hooked up to one or more machines that will monitor your sleep patterns, heart, lungs, brain activity, and even arm and leg movements to determine which kind of sleep apnea you have.
If you’re not comfortable going to a sleep center overnight, there are options to do a home sleep test.
Sometimes obstructive sleep apnea is caused by problems in your nose and throat. Additionally, a cardiologist or neurologist may need to be consulted.
When you are concerned about the possibility of having sleep apnea, the best thing you can do is to let us know, and we will schedule a consultation to review your symptoms. Initially, there are certain things we can try before doing a full evaluation at a sleep center, depending on your symptoms.
Things such as losing weight, improving your diet, and changing medications can improve your symptoms, but if this doesn’t work, we may need to move to something like oral appliance therapy or other solutions, including surgery.
Sleep apnea is not only bothersome for the person who has this condition, but to their sleeping partner. It can also become dangerous when you are not roused from your sleep during lack of breathing episodes, so please call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 as soon as possible.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.