Comfortable, Effective Sleep Apnea Treatment from Weston’s First Dental Practice
What is Sleep Apnea?
Snoring can be a sign of a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway which restricts the flow of oxygen and causes breathing interruptions. These pauses can last from seconds to minutes and can occur numerous times within an hour. This results in fragmented sleep and lowered levels of oxygen in the blood. The airway obstruction lasts until the brain partially awakens the sleeper who unconsciously awakens for a gasp of air. Normal breathing eventually resumes, often with loud snoring. The awakenings and oxygen deprivation can trigger health problems.
Health Issues Caused by Sleep Apnea
- Chronic sleepiness
- Drowsiness and daytime fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue
- Trouble concentrating
- Early on-set of Alzheimer’s
- Lowered metabolism and testosterone
- Sudden cardiac death
Oral Appliances & How They Work
They are small devices that are worn in the mouth to assist in the prevention of the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat Designed to reposition the lower jaw slightly forward, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Custom made
- FDA approved
- Drastically reduces or eliminates sleep apnea and snoring in most patients
The Oral Appliance is covered by most medical insurance plans (including Medicare), so there’s nothing to lose, except those sleepless nights.
As a member of Chase Dental SleepCare, our Weston dental office offers a dental solution by utilizing Oral Appliance Therapy to treat this chronic disorder. We also facilitate sleep testing as well as partner with a patients current physician to help determine the most appropriate therapy for the individual.
Dr. Pyle has earned the status of a Sleep Qualified Dentist from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Dr. Pyle treats patients suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy which is covered by most insurance plans. As an AADSM member Dr. Pyle has access to latest educational resources on the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. To learn more visit www.aadsm.org.