Snoring and daytime fatigue may seem like small and manageable inconveniences, but the potential underlying condition of sleep apnea may cause significant systemic complications including high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, metabolic problems and other health issues, if left untreated. Oral appliance therapy is a viable and proven solution to address both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as an alternative to the positive airway pressure (PAP) machines. The comfortable oral appliance is worn during sleep and is designed to allow the tongue to be moved away from the back of the throat, by gently positioning the lower jaw in a forward manner, hence opening the airway. Dr. Reza Radmand, in collaboration with your sleep physician, can determine whether you could benefit from oral appliance therapy during an evaluation at our Stratford, CT, practice.
How Oral Appliance Therapy Works
Our oral appliances are designed to gently glide the jaw forward, helping to maintain an open upper airway throughout the sleep. These devices are custom-designed while taking the unique anatomy of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and other soft tissue into consideration, all of which can play a part in OSA. Once the appliance is delivered, you will be required to attend regular follow-up visits to monitor your condition and ensure your results are consistent.
Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut is proud to have received Facility Accreditation from American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine for our proficiency, professionalism, and procedural excellence in OSA treatment.
Supplemental Lifestyle Changes
Weight loss is one of the most significant factors we often discuss with our patients. Dr. Radmand may also recommend that you stop smoking and limit consuming alcohol and heavy meals, particularly within 3 hours of bedtime, as these habits often may contribute to symptoms of sleep related breathing disorder. These lifestyle changes in conjunction with oral appliance therapy can play a major role in achieving the desired results in the treatment of sleep related breathing disorder.
Planning Your Treatment
Here at Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut, we seek to educate our patients on their condition and provide guidance throughout every step of the treatment process. If you believe you suffer from a sleep disorder but have not yet been diagnosed, Dr. Radmand can refer you to a specialist. Once your condition is confirmed, you can begin discussing your treatment plan. To begin designing your device, he will take appropriate radiographs and impressions, which will aid in the fabrication of your appliance.
An Accredited and Accomplished Practice
Dr. Radmand is a recognized diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), the leading national organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to our successful treatment of sleep apnea patients, Advanced Dentistry of Connecticut is proud to have received Facility Accreditation from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). This distinction recognizes our proficiency, professionalism, and procedural excellence in OSA treatment, and further allows us to continue improving the quality of life of our patients everyday.
Discuss Your Symptoms with Dr. Radmand Today
Do not hesitate to seek treatment if you or your bed partner are experiencing persistent symptoms of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Radmand has a great deal of experience treating these conditions, and can help you achieve relief and lasting health benefits. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.