CPAP Alternative, Dental Solutions for Sleep Apnea
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CPAP Alternative in DC, Maryland & Northern Virginia Area
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects many people every evening while they sleep. If a person is suffering from sleep apnea, they temporarily stop breathing many times during sleep. The consequences of this problem can be severe. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, take heart as there are some effective solutions to this problem.
When a patient suffers with sleep apnea they can begin to experience many consequences of sleep apnea during the day. A patient who suffers from sleep apnea at night will have many symptoms during their waking hours including: tiredness; difficulty concentrating; a failing memory; headaches; and even personality changes. When a person with sleep apnea is sleeping, he or she will most likely snore loudly, and then at times seemingly gasp for air. Sometimes a patient with sleep apnea will even inadvertently wake themselves up. Anyone with sleep apnea will most likely be able to be helped with a sleep apnea device.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) by our doctors in Del Ray, Alexandria is a great treatment option for many patients with sleep apnea. The oral appliance is actually a small plastic device that is kept in the patient’s mouth during sleep. It is often compared to a sports mouth guard. The appliance will help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, enabling the airway to stay open during sleep.
It is also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. It is a condition where your sleep is stopped intermittently during your sleep. It is caused by a blockage of the airway. It is known to cause other health problems particularly heart problems: high blood pressure, arrhythmia, heart attack, stroke and heart failure. Other consequences are obesity, diabetes, and depression.
- Excessive night time urination
- Morning headaches
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating and poor memory
- Teeth grinding
Medical doctors recommend CPAP which is a machine and is cumbersome to use for some patients. Alternatively, Dr. Salartash recommends Oral Appliance Therapy.
WE NOW HAVE THE OPTION TO OFFER YOUR SLEEP APNEA A SOLUTION!
CPAP and Traditional dental appliances only treat your symptoms of sleep apnea. This means that unless something else changes, you will be “gearing” up for bed the rest of your life.
New advances have been made in craniofacial dentistry that have resulted in a treatment that may address and possibly correct some of the underlying causes of sleep apnea. The new DNA appliance is a painless, non-surgical dental appliance that works with the natural process of your body to improve your airway, as well as, your craniofacial health. To learn how our appliance can help, call us today.
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HOME SLEEP DEVICE
- Easy to use: Wrist worn device that doesn’t interfere with patient’s sleep position
- No sensors or electrodes on the head and no nasal cannula
- Customized 3-page report interpreted by a Sleep physician which includes Medical diagnosis, treatment recommendations, options and a prescription.
- Only home FDA-cleared device to measure real sleep time (Sleep vs. Non Sleep)
- 24/7 Customer Support for patients
Please note: This device is only available to our patients of records.
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Mandibular Repositioning Device
Here at Dental Excellence Integrative Center We offer another alternative option to CPAP. mandibular repositioning device (MRD) is sometimes used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring. The device pushes the tongue and jaw forward. This makes the airway larger and improves airflow. The MRD also reduces the chance that tissue will collapse and narrow the airway when you breathe in. You wear the device every night to prevent breathing problems.
There is a need for regular checkups and adjustments to make sure the device continues to fit well.