We are very proud of our services to manage obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) and snoring by utilizing dental devices.
If you snore or have a breathing related sleep disorder, Wexley Headache Clinic can help to determine your diagnosis and will help to select the most appropriate treatment.
A variety of oral airway appliances are available and will be recommended to you, depending on your anatomy and diagnosis. The oral appliance prevents collapse of the airway behind the tongue, palate, pharynx, and lateral pharyngeal walls. Oral appliances have been found to be effective for the treatment of snoring, apnea, and high upper airway resistance syndrome.
Explore these topics on sleep disorders, and call us to schedule your consultation because you deserve a good night’s rest – every night!
Snoring and sleep apnea are caused by the partial blockage of the airway during sleep, and this causes tissues in the throat to vibrate when the patient breathes. (See illustration of partial blockage.) Sleep apnea is a total blockage of the airway during sleep, causing the patient to stop breathing for 10 seconds or longer
The Oral Appliance is used at night to prevent the collapse of the tongue soft palate and lateral pharyngeal walls. Sleeping disorders can cause stress and affect the health of those who suffer from it. A common misconception is that snoring is merely an annoyance, not a health issue. The truth is that snoring can affect the health of the snorer and the health of their sleep partner. Snoring disrupts the sleep of the snorer, as well as the sleep of those within earshot to the detriment of all. The snorer and family members disrupted by snoring experience broken sleep patterns that can adversely impact their quality of life, as well as their health.
Everyone knows a good night’s sleep can make or break his or her day. What most people don’t know is that sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or TMJ, frequently disrupt healthy sleep and can adversely affect a person’s life.
People who suffer from sleep disorders frequently don’t even know it is happening to them. They wake up in the morning without feeling rested or have head and earaches and don’t know why. Studies commissioned by Congress and carried out by the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research have found that 63 percent of the American public is sleep deprived and 30 percent of Americans have a sleeping disorder.
Lack of sleep, or fragmented sleep, has been linked to hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, memory lapses, and auto accidents. Cures and preventive measures range from the psychological (antidepressants), to the extreme (laser surgery to remove soft tissue).