General Dentistry, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, New York 12603

Sleep apnea dental treatment

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arrow_up Would you rather wear this CPAP?

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arrow_up Or would you prefer to wear this oral appliance?

 

Do you snore? Wake up at night gasping for air? Wake up in the morning still tired after an unrestful sleep? Fall asleep during the day while working or driving? Are you overweight? If you answered, "Yes," to any of these questions, you might have obstructive sleep apnea; and Dr. Maron can help you.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a narrowing of the airway when the tongue is positioned too far back. At least 12-18 million adults in the US have OSA, which causes them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for a few seconds to more than a minute. Untreated, OSA is a potentially life-threatening condition that can increase the risk for serious health problems, including congestive heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, depression, and impotence.

Oral appliances for OSA

Dr. Maron makes oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. Although continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the primary way to treat OSA, about 50 percent of OSA patients do not tolerate a CPAP machine due to the fit of the mask, the noise of the engine, or the noise from the high airflow. For mild to moderate OSA, the oral appliance is a good alternative to the CPAP. Even with severe sleep apnea, an oral appliance can provide some relief for patients unable to use a CPAP.

The oral appliance varies in design but is intended to move the lower jaw and tongue forward. This movement opens up the airway and decreases the snoring and apnea. Unlike the CPAP, the appliance is very portable and does not make noise or need electricity. In addition, unlike with the CPAP, you do not need to take it out for scanning at airport security lines.

Dr. Maron uses a home sleep study device called the Embletta® x100 to test the effectiveness of the oral appliance. He is one of the few dentists in Dutchess County to have this sophisticated device to measure the adjustment of the oral appliance.

Diagnosing OSA

To diagnose OSA, you must have an overnight sleep study, requested by a physician and performed in a hospital sleep center. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, most medical insurances and Medicare will provide partial or full payment for an oral sleep appliance. Then you need to decide whether to use a CPAP or an oral appliance. In some instances, you might have both—a CPAP for home use and an oral appliance for travel and activities like camping, where an electrical source is absent.

News flash 

Our office is now making dental appliances to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. An oral appliance might be an alternative to your CPAP machine. Call Dr. Maron today for a free consult.

 
 
 
 
 

Did you know?

Obstructive sleep apnea can shorten your lifespan by 8-10 years. We can treat it.

 
 
 
 
 

Affordable dentistry

Medicare will pay for your sleep apnea appliances. Our dental practice is one of the few in Dutchess County that is certified by Medicare to provide this service.

 
 
 
 
 

Did you know?

Not only do we make oral appliances for sleep apnea, but we also have a home sleep testing device to check their effectiveness.

 
 
 
 
 

Affordable dentistry

Most medical insurance policies will help pay for sleep appliances.