Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition that affects people’s breathing while they sleep. This condition results in poor sleep due to frequent partial arousal from sleep and decreased oxygen supply during sleep. The condition is frequently associated with poor sleep quality, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, forgetfulness, diminished work performance, and generalized fatigue.
The condition can only be diagnosed with a sleep study (polysomnogram). The gold standard for treatment of OSA is a CPAP or BPAP device. These devices can be very cumbersome, noisy, and uncomfortable for many patients. Fortunately, there are other treatment options for OSA.
Dental appliances can be affective for many individuals with mild OSA. They tend to be less effective for patients with moderate to severe OSA unless combined with other therapies. For patients with moderate to severe OSA surgical options may improve or even cure OSA without the need for CPAP/BPAP or even an oral appliance. Imagine being able to have a good night’s sleep every night without having to apply a device to your face or mouth! Schedule a consultation to speak with Dr. Baptist to help assess whether this may be an option for you.