Dental Sleep Medicine
Dental Sleep Medicine focuses on the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, which include snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy involves the customized selection, fabrication, fitting, adjustments, and long-term follow-up care of specially designed oral devices, worn during sleep, which reposition the lower jaw and tongue base forward to maintain a more open upper airway.
Snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness are the two most common symptoms of OSA. These may cause memory loss, morning headaches, irritability, depression, and impaired concentration. Almost 20% of all serious car crash injuries are associated with drivers who suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness.
Snoring is the sound made when the tissues of the soft palate, tongue and throat partially block the airway and vibrate against the back of the throat during sleep. Snoring affects 40% of adults by age 40 and it is estimated that 45 million people snore every night affecting themselves and their bed partners. Snoring can lead to more serious health problems for both the offender and his or her bed partner.
Download this questionnaire to help determine your level of daytime sleepiness: Epworth Sleepiness Scale