We work side by side with sleep physicians, pulmonologists, ENT’s, primary doctors, cardiologists, psychiatrists and many others to help develop the best treatment for your sleep disorder. There are several available options for sleep apnea such as a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, ear nose and throat treatment and possible surgery, an implanted device, and oral appliance therapy.
Are you struggling to get through the night peacefully? If you’re experiencing excessive tiredness, decreased attentiveness and energy, or cessations of breath during sleep, you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a very common, yet serious disorder, in which you stop breathing while sleeping repeatedly throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway becomes blocked during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. Central sleep apnea occurs if the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe causing an interruption in breathing and impairs oxygen flow. Snoring is a common sign of possible sleep apnea; however, snoring can exist without sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a health condition that prevents people from getting a good night’s rest and can lead to serious health effects over time. It occurs when your airway is blocked by a buildup of tissue in the back of the tongue, throat, or nose, compromising your natural breathing pattern.
Our Atlanta team has worked closely with local sleep physicians and provides various solutions to promote your overall health and wellness.
The quality of your sleep is directly proportional to your health. Signs like snoring, waking up several times during the night and not feeling rested throughout the day may contribute to:
The most widely used treatment option for sleep apnea is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Patients wear a mask over their nose (and possibly the mouth, depending on the type of machine used) as they sleep. The CPAP machine delivers a continual flow of pressurized air into the throat and keeps the airway passage open. This prevents choking, snoring, and cessations during the night and helps to restore your normal breathing patterns.
If you’re uncomfortable using this machine or have concerns about using it on a regular basis, our dentists can recommend an oral alternative based on your specific symptoms and medical history.
Click here to read Dr. Kovitch’s feature in Best Self Atlanta Magazine – Is Sleep Impacting Your Quality of Life? How Oral Application Therapy Can Help
To learn more about sleep apnea, including the treatment options we offer, please contact Atlanta Smiles by calling (404) 262-7733 today.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most common therapy for sleep apnea. Patients wear a face or nasal mask during sleep. The mask, connected to a pump, provides a positive flow of air into the nasal passages in order to keep the airway open.
Doctors now have advanced technology and compliance reporting tools available that allow them to monitor patients’ use with CPAP, so if they are not using it another treatment option can be introduced. Most insurance companies are now requesting these reports to refuse payment if you are not using your machine.
Studies suggest up to 50% of patients either stop using their CPAP machine or never bother to get fitted for it. They quit for a variety of reasons, but mostly because the machine is bulky and uncomfortable. That’s where the sleep dentists join the team.
The easiest and most comfortable way to alleviate sleep apnea ailments is with a custom designed, night-worn mouthpiece made specifically to fit your needs called an Oral Appliance.
Oral appliance therapy treats sleep apnea and non-apnea snoring by shifting your lower jaw forward very slightly while you sleep, allowing you to breath more consistently, so your body can help you get the sleep you need.
The treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been approached in three basic ways including surgical, mechanical (CPAP and oral appliances), and weight loss.
Generally, these approaches are used independent of each other, however if your treatment option fails, another option is combining the use of CPAP at a lowered air pressure with an oral appliance. Often, we can connect the two and reduce the cords of the CPAP.
Snoring can be diagnosed as primary snoring and is characterized by loud upper airway breathing sounds during sleep without episodes of apnea (cessation of breathing). The sound produced is caused by vibrations that cause partial blockage anywhere in your throat, nose or mouth. If accompanied by daytime sleepiness, snoring can be an indicator of a deeper sleeping disorder, such as sleep apnea.
Being overweight increases fat around the neck, compressing and narrowing the throat. Thin people do snore too, and many who are overweight do not. Why? It has to do with the anatomical space that exists in order to allow the adequate amount of airflow. It is also common to snore in the second and third trimester of a pregnancy as a result of physiological changes that narrow the upper airway.
The Healthy Start System has been specifically designed to promote the proper growth and development of the jaw and airway to optimize airflow and promote proper nasal breathing while straightening your child’s teeth. As these areas develop, many of the symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing disappear. When kids can breathe properly, they can begin to learn, grow, and blossom into their true genetic potential.
Take the HealthyStart™ online assessment or contact us today for more information on how she can help your child achieve their full potential.
We are a Medicare approved dental office and we will gladly utilize your Medicare benefits towards your sleep appliance therapy. Please note that Medicare plans will not cover a sleep appliance if you have had a CPAP (same/similar rule) within 5 years.
Please call our office if you have any questions regarding your Medicare coverage.