Medical and dental experts are now recognizing sleep apnea to be a serious health condition that can shave as many as 8 years from your life expectancy. To prevent the long- term effects of this condition, and to enhance the overall quality of your life, Dr. Logan can treat obstructive sleep apnea once you have received a diagnosis following a sleep study.
Obstructive sleep apnea that ranges in severity from mild to moderate can often be treated with oral appliance therapy, based upon recommendations from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the American Sleep Apnea Association, and the National Institutes of Health. In fact, as the most conservative approach, an oral appliance is considered to be the first line of treatment for most patients.
Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Sleep apnea isn’t just a bad case of snoring. It’s a series involuntary episodes in which the patient stops breathing while asleep due to an obstruction (blockage) in the airways. This results in a significant loss of oxygen to the brain and excessive stress on the cardiovascular system, leading to an increased risk for a long list of devastating health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Depression, irritability, fatigue, obesity
- Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
A Solution that Works
Oral appliance therapy, compared to a conventional treatment such as the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, tends to have a higher rate of success among patients because it’s a practical approach that isn’t bulky or inconvenient.
The oral appliance is simply a custom-made mouth guard that is fitted and precisely measured to stabilize the position of your lower jaw as you sleep. This makes it possible to maintain an open airway and normal breathing even as you reach the deepest levels of sleep. Without this support, the jaw and tongue would be able to collapse against the back of the throat, creating the obstruction that prevents so many patients from breathing freely.
Taking the steps to investigate and treat your sleep apnea may be a decision that saves your life. To learn more about Dr. Logan’s advanced training in the non-invasive treatment of sleep apnea, why not call to schedule a meeting today?