Dental sleep medicine is and area of dental practice. Dentists work together with physicians to identify and treat patients with sleep apnea. Using you CBCT data we help you recognize narrow airways (early sign of sleep apnea disorder). We provide you with volumetric analysis of the airways to assist you in diagnosis and treatment planning to alleviate this life-threatening disorder.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):
The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
Central Sleep Apnea:
Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects millions of people across the country, and this lack of quality sleep considerably reduces the quality of their life. With the airway passage being compromised for various reasons, patients can suffer from health problems and an increase in the potential for auto accidents. Thankfully, dentists are now in the unique position to partner with physicians to treat patients using dental appliances so they can rest better.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. There are three types of sleep apnea:
Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea and Mixed Sleep Apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and is believed to affect approximately 4% of men and 2% of women. However, it is believed that only about 10% of people with OSA seek treatment leaving the majority of OSA sufferers undiagnosed.