Custom Sleep Appliances

Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist

TAP3 Sleep Appliances

Ask Your Dentist About Snoring

An estimated 80 million people in North America snore. Taking into account the snorer's spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. Snoring not only interrupts your sleep cycle, it can also be a symptom of a condition called sleep apnea.

Fortunately, there are cost-effective oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea that dentists can prescribe to their patients. Traditional mandibular advancement appliances, such as TAP help reduce or eliminate snoring by moving the lower jaw forward, opening the airway to allow air to flow more freely. There is more information on the TAP3 device below.

Sleep Apnea

The most common form of sleep apnea is caused by a blockage of the airway during sleep. It is a pretty scary condition. The patient can stop breathing hundreds of times during the night.

A common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP involves blowing pressurized room air through the airway at high enough pressure to keep the airway open. Many patients find it difficult to adjust to this device and want to avoid surgery, which is another treatment option. As an alternative, your dentist, working with your physician, can custom make a device that guides the lower jaw forward, called a mandibular advancement device or MAD. MAD devices are more comfortable to wear and the compliance rates are much higher than using CPAP.

Dr. Glaser is not a sleep specialist. Dr. Glaser will not diagnose you with sleep apnea. Dr. Glaser is an excellent family practice dentist!

Dr. Glaser takes the position that your internal medicine doctor or an ENT specialist would better serve you in that area. After you have been diagnosed, you and your MD have to make personal decisions relating to your condition.

Dr. Glaser can help if you choose to try a night splint to alleviate your sleep disturbances.

Where reasonable, an alternative to a CPAP machine could be a custom device that guides the lower jaw forward, called a mandibular advancement device or MAD. MAD devices are more comfortable to wear and the compliance rates are much higher than using CPAP. Dr. Glaser likes to use the TAP3 device, click to see more info.

 

 

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