About Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental sleep medicine is an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dentists work together with sleep physicians to identify the best treatment for each patient.
Dentists pioneered the use of oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring in adults. An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth only during sleep. It fits like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. A custom-fit oral sleep appliance is an effective treatment that prevents the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a common warning sign for obstructive sleep apnea. If you have snoring without sleep apnea, your doctor and dentist can work together to see if an oral sleep appliance can work for you. A sleep study will be done to determine the level of obstructed sleep apnea you have. If you have sleep apnea, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you.
Dr. Hadley has been studying sleep apnea for 3 years. He is a member and attends conferences of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. For more information on how we can help you please contact our office.