Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Effective Treatment Options Available with DeStefano Dentistry
- Posted on: Feb 28 2019
At DeStefano Dentistry, Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team of professionals believe in providing a wide selection of services for patients who want to improve not only their oral health, but their overall wellness. When patients have received a diagnosis from their primary care physician of obstructive sleep apnea, they may be afraid that their only treatment option is that of the dreaded CPAP machine. However, there are other treatment options for patients to consider that are more comfortable and less invasive than this methodology such as oral appliance therapy.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of Pittsford, NY describes oral appliance therapy as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that involves the use of a specialized mouth guard. This oral appliance is extremely helpful when it comes to conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. Also known as OSA, this condition is caused by a blockage of the airways when a patient sleeps. By using an oral appliance to keep the airways open, patients are able to achieve a restful night’s sleep and improve their overall health and wellness.
What are signs of obstructive sleep apnea?
Patients with OSA often notice some of the following concerns, as well as concerns that may be brought up by their sleeping partners, such as:
– Chronic snoring
– Gasping during sleep
– Periods of stopped breathing at night
– Daytime fatigue or insomnia
– Poor concentration or memory
– Increased depression or anxiety
If you notice any of these concerns, it may be time to visit your primary care physician for an evaluation. In many situations such as this, a doctor may recommend a sleep study. Though the first line of treatment often recommended for obstructive sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine, we encourage patients to consider alternative options such as oral appliance therapy.
Considering treatment of obstructive sleep apnea that doesn’t include the use of a CPAP machine?
Talk to your dentist today to determine if you could benefit from the use of oral appliance therapy. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team encourage patients to consider methods of treatment that they will utilize and comply with for more effective treatment. Call (585) 248-2383 today and visit us at 600 Kreag Road in Pittsford, NY.
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