Oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
Sleep apnea is one of the most common conditions in the United States, it affects the quality of life for patients and can be life threatening. The treatment of choice for most patients is a CPAP machine. For people who can not tolerate CPAP, an oral appliance can be fabricated that is custom fitted and has a much better patient acceptance than a CPAP. Oral appliances for sleep apnea are approved for use for any level of severity of OSA. The process requires the patient to have a recent sleep study and a diagnosis from a medical doctor. After authorization is obtained, the appliance is fabricated. The patient may undergo a second sleep study to verify effectiveness. This appliance may be covered under medical insurance.
If you frequently wake up with a sore jaw, a dull headache or tooth pain you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, affects about 10 to 15
percent of adults, according to the American Dental Association. There are several ways to alleviate the effects of bruxism, one of the most common is a night guard. This is an appliance
typically worn while sleeping through the night. The procedure involves a special mold to be made of your mouth, we then send the impression to laboratory that specializes in fabricating