Some sleeping troubles are actually linked to oral health. Our patients with excessive snoring or obstructive sleep apnea can be helped with dental related treatments. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway is blocked to the point of causing significant airflow disruption. In fact, there may be a lack of airflow for 10 seconds or more. This can be dangerous because diminished airflow into the lungs lowers blood-oxygen levels. A person with sleep apnea may wake 50 or more times per hour without having any memory of it. These awakenings, called micro-arousals, last just long enough so the individual can recover breathing. This makes for a very unsuccessful and minimally restful night’s sleep
Oral appliance therapy is an effective option, calling upon a custom-fit appliance that enhances the quality of your sleep, restores your alertness and revitalizes your health. Worn only while sleeping, the appliance places the jaw in a forward position to maintain an open upper airway. This improves the quality of breathing experienced while asleep.
More than 100 types of sleep appliances have received FDA clearance and many are covered by medical insurance plans. Dr. Auslander will advise you on your best option. Sleep appliances are customized using digital or physical impressions of your teeth. These models are sent to a lab, where the appliance is constructed. Once it is ready, you will return to Auslander Dental’s Gambrills office for a fitting. The appliances can and should be adjusted over time to maximize effectiveness. With proper fit and use, it is likely you will sleep better, have more energy upon waking and feel sharper throughout the day. This also has hidden benefits for your sleep partner!