SLEEP APNEA AT Cincinnati, OH
We prioritize the overall health of our patients, including their sleep. Many individuals suffer from sleep problems that can be harmful and prevent them from getting enough oxygen at night. These sleep issues significantly increase the risk of heart attacks, with a 23 times higher chance compared to the average. Additionally, 92 percent of stroke sufferers have sleep apnea without even realizing it. Our expertise allows us to offer you the most straightforward and cost-effective sleep health education and treatment.
Estimates suggest that around twelve million Americans are affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, the majority of cases remain untreated, leading to various health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and accidents caused by drowsy driving. Dentists play a crucial role in treating this silent pandemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as the primary treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as for individuals with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.
WHAT IS OSA?
OSA is a respiratory condition characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep due to an obstruction in the airway. When the muscles in the throat, tongue, tonsils, or soft palate relax and block the airway, breathing becomes challenging. This blockage leads to a significant decrease in blood oxygen levels throughout the night.
The sleep study is a commonly used method to diagnose OSA. It involves a sleep physician monitoring a patient's brain activity and bodily processes while they sleep in a sleep lab overnight. The collected information is then analyzed by the professional to identify sleep disorders and provide therapy recommendations. If oral appliance therapy is prescribed by a sleep doctor, a dentist with expertise in sleep medicine collaborates with them to treat obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases, a home sleep study may be an alternative to visiting a sleep lab.
HOW IS OSA TREATED?
Surgery, CPAP or BiPAP devices, or oral appliance therapy may be used to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances are the least invasive alternative for treating mild to severe OSA and are frequently a favorable choice. A well-calibrated appliance, such as a CPAP or BiPAP, can assist keep the jaw in a precise posture all night long.
All treatment suggestions should be made in collaboration with your sleep doctor. If appliance therapy is chosen, it’s critical that the correct placement be employed to keep the airway open.