We now offer oral appliance therapy, a non-invasive, effective alternative for patients who are noncompliant with traditional CPAP treatment.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition in which sufferers stop breathing momentarily during sleep. Snoring, daytime drowsiness, and high blood pressure are associated with sleep apnea. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by the over-relaxation of the soft tissues in the back of the throat. This obstructs the airway, inducing snoring and the temporary cessation of breathing.
Sufferers of sleep apnea may not realize they are getting insufficient sleep. Some signs you or a loved one is suffering from sleep apnea include:
- Nightly or near-nightly snoring
- Choking, gasping, or snorting during sleep
- Daytime drowsiness regardless of the number of hours slept
- Long pauses in breathing
- Headaches upon waking
- Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Frequent visits to the bathroom throughout the night
- Poor, fitful, or restless sleep
- Depression, irritability, or moodiness
- Feeling out of breath upon waking
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
Oral Appliance Treatment
Allure Dental offers an oral appliance solution to help treat sleep apnea. An oral appliance holds the lower jaw forward and slightly open to help maintain an open airway, reducing snoring and apneas. Oral appliances are appropriate for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that oral appliances may serve as an alternative to patients who prefer them to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, or who do not respond to, are not appropriate candidates for, or fail treatment attempts with CPAP. Severe apnea patients can wear CPAP in conjunction with an oral appliance to dramatically reduce the air pressure flow, making CPAP much more effective, comfortable, and tolerable.
Dr. Murray and Dr. Mazur follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) for the treatment of oral appliances in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring management. They are currently working on their diplomat credentials with the AADSM and continue to increase their knowledge and experience in all areas of sleep disorders. Dr. Murray and Dr. Mazur are devoted to the well-being of their patients and enjoy working with primary care physicians and sleep specialists. Dr. Murray and Dr. Mazur are both members of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Mazur practices with an emphasis on head, neck, and facial pain treatment, dental cosmetics, and complex dental reconstruction, making him uniquely qualified to treat sleep apnea with oral appliances. Dr. Mazur is excited about working with primary care physicians and sleep specialists. His commitment to offering patients an alternative to CPAP to treat their OSA and snoring is improving the quality of lives of many.
At Allure Dental, we can help you with your sleep apnea. Schedule an appointment with us so we can begin treating you. Once you and your dentist decide oral appliance therapy is the right option for you, we will select from several comfortable and long-lasting appliances tailored to your specific needs. We will monitor your progress on a yearly basis to maintain proper fit and effectiveness. You can look forward to years of improved health and sleep. Call us if you want to learn more about our sleep apnea appliances in Lafayette, Indiana.