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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Are you just snoring? Or is it more serious?

With an estimated 18 million people with undiagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in America alone, there is a good chance that you or a loved one may be one of them. Getting treated now could add up to 15 years to your life and could significantly improve your quality of life.

Oral appliances, also known as mandibular advancement devices, can be the alternative to CPAP many patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea have been looking for. The oral appliance is considered, by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, to be an appropriate first-line therapy for mild to moderate OSA and an appropriate second-line therapy for patients with severe OSA if they cannot tolerate CPAP. Other severe apneics, able to tolerate CPAP, can feel the difference in their energy and alertness with CPAP and oral appliance combination therapy.

 

Why see a dentist?

There are various boil and bite snoring mouthpieces available over-the-counter, through the internet or via infomercials on TV. Using one of these quick and easy snoring solutions without getting a qualified dentist involved can be risky, potentially leading to serious health and dental complications. Dr. Carolyn Kittell has extensive training in Dental Sleep Medicine from the University of California Los Angeles. Custom oral appliances are FDA approved and available for the treatment of sleep apnea only through a qualified dentist.

A non-custom appliance (snoring appliance) could stop the snoring without adequately treating sleep apnea, and the low oxygen levels that can lead to health problems like heart disease and strokes. Other potential side effects of wearing a non-custom oral appliance such as TMJ disorders, facial pain, and shifting of the tooth position, are more likely to occur compared to treatment guided by an experienced dentist providing a custom oral appliance. Custom appliances are also shown to be more comfortable and effective than a snoring mouth guard.

Call us today at 303-779-9472 for a consultation!