OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Diagnosis: Our practice will send you home with a Home Sleep Test (HST) device that will record your bruxing (grinding) and potential sleep apnea patterns. Once we obtain this information, we can forward this to your physician. A physician is required to perform an overnight sleep study to most effectively diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. If your dentist is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, he can help your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is often paired with other treatments such as CPAP depending on the severity of your OSA. Behavioral therapies recommended in addition to oral appliance therapy include weight loss, avoidance of alcohol and tobacco, plus corrected sleeping positions.
In some cases, OSA requires surgery. However, your physician can work directly with us to determine if oral appliance therapy is a better treatment choice. Bruxism and clenching are frequently associated with OSA. Our office may be able to treat both your sleep apnea and your bruxism with one of numerous types of oral appliances. Visit www.aadsm.org for more information.