Dental Sleep Therapy/Medicine
Did you know that dentists can play a key role in treating Sleep Apnea?
Oral Appliance Therapy is indicated for mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients if they prefer it to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), the standard treatment therapy, cannot tolerate CPAP, or are unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnea.
Oral appliances are also recommended for severe OSA patients if they cannot tolerate CPAP. Patients with severe OSA should always try CPAP before considering oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliances are placed in the mouth and are worn much like an orthodontic appliance or sports mouth protector. They are worn during sleep to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat so that the airway stays open during sleep. The appliances promote adequate air intake and help to provide normal sleep in people who have obstructive sleep apnea and/or snore.
As your family dentist in Louisville, Dr. Chuck Skinner has had thorough training as well as continuing education classes to help in aiding and managing obstructive sleep apnea and/or snoring.
Call 303-665-7505 to schedule your personal consultation for an Oral Sleep Appliance.