Snoring can be a result of obstruction in the airways due to chronic allergies, a sinus infection, or the common cold that then make it hard to breathe. Incessant load snoring that cannot be attributed to nasal congestion could point to a more serious condition called sleep apnea. During sleep, the tongue, muscles of the mouth, jaw, and throat naturally relax. For the millions of Americans who have obstructive sleep apnea, these muscles become so relaxed that they collapse and obstruct the airway. This causes decreased oxygen flow and repeated awakenings throughout the night, lowering sleep quality.
Besides the snoring and loss of sleep, the effects of sleep apnea have been linked to a number of health risks, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and increased risk of stroke. Because of all this, it is important to recognize and address symptoms before the conditions worsens. Our doctors at Smiles at Warren Parkway are uniquely situated to offer screening exams that can identify risk factors for sleep apnea and recommend treatment options that may result in less daytime fatigue and reduced health risks.
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is the most common and effective treatment option for sleep apnea. It requires that a patient wear a mask placed over the nose in order to deliver pressure to keep the airway open and prevent muscle collapse. Understandably, patient compliance is often reduced because it can be difficult to acclimate to sleeping with the appliance on the face.
It has been estimated that as many as 40% of the US adult population suffer from some form of Sleep Disorder.
Sleep disorders can range from mild snoring to the more serious obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep disorders can lead to serious health problems for the snorer, spouse, or other family member whose sleep may be disrupted.
Some common health problems associated with sleep disorders and sleep deprivation include daytime fatigue, increased blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, anxiety/depression, increased risk of vehicle accident (3-10X) and reduced quality of life.
Oral appliance therapy is a great solution for patients suffering from the effects of snoring and sleep apnea.
For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device can be worn to hold the lower jaw in a more forward position. By maintaining this forward position throughout the night while wearing the device the airway is kept open during sleep, patients can breathe freely and be oxygenated. Oral appliances are so comfortable; they have no noise or fuss and no bulky equipment to sleep with at night.
The EMA® (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) is a custom-made removable intraoral appliance created for noninvasive treatment of snoring and OSA. The appliance is designed to both advance the lower jaw (mandible) and open the bite to allow for less restricted airflow during sleep. The EMA has many options for mandibular patient advancement with 5 strap lengths and 4 different elastic tension options. The appliance does not interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages. Non restricted side-to-side (lateral) or front-to-back (protrusive) movements of the jaw are possible while wearing the appliance due to varying elastic bands.
Nox-T3 Portable Sleep Monitor
The NOX-T3 Portable Sleep Monitor, CareFusion has broken years of silence in the portable sleep diagnostics market. Before, you could only view the snoring signal. With the NOX-T3’s audio playback feature, you can also listen to it. The NOX-T3’s design is small, light and uses wireless technology to keep your patients comfortable. And don’t be fooled by the size. The NOX-T3 is also designed for rugged handling to help reduce testing failures. The NOX-T3 has the functionality of full-fledged sleep software and can navigate, score, review, report and export your data.