Dental Delights, Shilpi Jain DMD

Sleep Apnea/Snoring

Medford Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment - Medford, MA

What causes OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder, which occurs during sleep, due to the narrowing or total closure of the airway.

OSA is when the airway becomes completely blocked and breathing stops. The brain then detects the lack of oxygen and prompts a momentary arousal to draw breath. Although OSA sufferers may experience hundreds of apnea episodes per night, they are unlikely to remember any of them. In fact, if the sufferer lives alone or sleeps separately they may not be aware of their condition, even after many years.

Snoring can be a symptom of OSA and is a noise created by the partial blocking of the airway. When you fall asleep your muscles relax, including those that control the tongue and throat. The soft tissue at the back of your throat can sag, narrowing the airway. Incoming air then makes the tissue at the rear roof of the mouth (the soft palate), the flap of skin hanging from the palate (uvula) and the throat vibrate – a sound we know as snoring.

Snoring is often no greater problem than the noise itself. However, loud snoring may be a sign of a more serious problem – OSA.

Do you suffer from OSA?

OSA is notoriously under-diagnosed with less than 25% of cases in the community being identified 1.

•Do you and your partner sleep in seperate rooms due to loud snoring? •Do you doze off unintentionally during the day? •Do you often wake up feeling tired or having a headache? •Do you have problems concentrating for long periods of time?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering fom sleep apnea and it is essential that you seek the right treatment option.

 Is the SomnoDent® the right treatment option for me?

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or snore, the SomnoDent® MAS should benefit you. It will almost certainly put an end to your snoring and will most likely eliminate or significantly reduce your OSA. For your bed partner this means peace and quiet again and a better night’s sleep. For you, it will mean better quality sleep. As a result, you will be less likely to suffer from headaches and daytime sleepiness and your ability to concentrate will improve.

For the treatment of OSA, SomnoDent is worn during sleep to maintain the patency of the upper airway by increasing its dimensions and reducing collapsibility. SomnoDent is a custom made appliance, comprised of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing.

When is it worn?

SomnoDent is worn when you sleep. The appliance is very discrete, allowing you to close your lips so it is not obvious that you are wearing it.

Is it Comfortable?

SomnoDent is extremely comfortable. Why? Because it is custom made to fit your mouth and it does not impinge on your tongue. You can open and close your mouth normally as SomnoDent does not lock or fix your jaws together.

What if I wear dentures?

The Edent can be worn by patients without any upper or lower teeth. Your dentist will assess your suitability for an Edent implant.

What will Dr. Jain do?

Dr. Jain will thoroughly examine your teeth and mouth to confirm your oral health status, as well as ensuring that you are dentally appropriate for the appliance. Dental impressions are required to fabricate the SomnoDent. These are then sent to the SomnoMed laboratory where the appliance is made. Once custom made for you, the appliance will be fitted by your SomnoMed dentist who will instruct you on how to insert and remove it yourself, including how to clean and care for your SomnoDent.

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