Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring:
Over 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (O.S.A.), which can cause them to stop breathing multiple times during the night. O.S.A. occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat collapse and block the airway. As a result of the pauses in breathing, oxygen levels to the body (heart and brain) decrease.
Common signs are snoring and gasping or choking sounds. O.S.A. is more common in men, but can occur in women too, especially during and after menopause. O.S.A. can cause high blood pressure, stroke, excessive daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, memory loss, irritability, depression, decreased sex drive or workplace/driving accidents. LIFESmiles Dental offers home sleep study equipment available for use in the comfort of your own home.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:
A physician must diagnose if you have O.S.A. This may involve an overnight sleep study at a sleep center or a home test. Treatment options include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy and surgical options.
Oral appliances are an option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea or for people who are intolerant of CPAP. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. The appliance supports your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway.
Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Please call us at (208)377-2160 to see if you are a candidate for a home sleep study or an oral sleep appliance.