For many cases of sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is a front-line treatment; particularly for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). It is often an easier course of treatment than more traditional methods; such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. Oral appliances work to keep your throat and airway open for proper air intake.
Candidates for An Oral Appliance
The standards of care for sleep apnea patients will vary according to which type of sleep apnea they have and/or how well they respond to treatment. Here are the types of patients an oral appliance may work for:
- Patients who have slightly more severe sleep apnea or who have refused other forms of treatment
- Patients who require both CPAP and an oral appliance for successful treatment
- Patients who have mild sleep apnea with primary snoring or are non-responsive to treatments such as changing sleep position or weight loss
Our Fairfax dentist, Dr. Pamela Marzban, has a number of technologies available for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Recently, our dental office has acquired the new WatchPAT ™ portable, diagnostic device. This wrist-worn wearable device provides real-time sleep study information, used to determine the best course of treatment for your sleep apnea.
If you are seeking an experienced dentist in the Fairfax area, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban, DDS to schedule an appointment. Dr. Marzban is skilled in preventing, identifying and treating dental problems such as sleep apnea.