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*Facts provided by the National Sleep Foundation, American Sleep Apnea Association and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 1 out of every 8 individuals. Snoring is the sound of partially obstructed breathing during sleep. While snoring can be harmless, it can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
OSA occurs when the tongue and soft tissue fall back in the throat during sleep, completely blocking the airway. Obstructive sleep apnea has been associated with cardiovascular problems as well as daytime sleepiness.
Dr. Nemcik and Dr. Beers offer a sleep apnea screening for their patients. Our office will administer a simple sleep study using an Embletta Device which the patient takes home and sleeps with overnight. The information stored by the Embletta Device while you are sleeping is then downloaded in our office and the results will clearly indicate if you exhibit symptoms of sleep apnea. We will then refer you to your doctor and possibly a sleep clinic for further testing and treatment. We also offer treatment of sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.
Once you have been accurately diagnosed, snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be treated with a medical device known as a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, with oral appliance therapy, through surgical options, or by a combination of these approaches.
Oral appliance therapy is custom designed for you in our dental office. It involves the selection, design, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance which when worn during sleep maintains an open and unobstructed airway in the throat. Oral appliances that treat snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are worn in the mouth, in a similar manner as orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards.
Oral appliances work by:
Please speak with a staff member for more details. Drs. Nemcik and Beers will be happy to discuss your individual situation with you and answer any questions you may have. You can also download this Sleep Screening Questionnaire if you are interested in learning more about treatments. We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients this new diagnostic and treatment option.
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