The Bethesda Dental Implant Center offers treatment for patients who snore or suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Our dentists, Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow are trained in the treatment of sleep breathing disorders. We offer oral appliance therapy to help keep the airway open during sleep, promote adequate air intake and prevent snoring.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral appliances is usually the front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea treatment is only effective when it is used. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is still the gold standard, however it has a very poor acceptance rate because patients find it to be uncomfortable to wear during sleep.
When combined with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change, an oral appliance is highly effective for treating snoring and sleep apnea.
What is an Oral Appliance
An oral appliance is a small, plastic device similar to a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. There are many types of oral appliances, Dr. Eskow will choose the one most appropriate for your condition. The oral appliance will position the jaws and mouth correctly to prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake.
About Snoring & Sleep Apnea
While snoring might not seem like a major medical concern, it can be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a potentially serious sleep breathing disorder. Patients who suffer from OSA actually stop breathing momentarily during sleep, depriving their organs of much needed oxygen, and restart with a loud snore. OSA has been linked to a greater risk of stroke, heart disease and other physical health issues. Consequences of interrupted sleep can be daytime sleepiness, fatigue, memory loss, headaches and high blood pressure. Learn more about snoring and sleep apnea.
Did you know…
- 50% of people who snore loudly have obstructive sleep apnea.
- OSA is the most common sleep-related breathing disorder.
- Patients with OSA can stop breathing up to 600 times a night.
- When you stop breathing, you deprive your brain and body of oxygen.
- If you suffer from OSA you make wake suddenly, gasping for air.
- OSA patients are at a higher risk for heart attack, depression and strokes.
- You may wake up feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep.
- You may have sleep apnea if you suffer from constant headaches, snore loudly, or feel frequently fatigued.
Sleep Apnea Consultation
Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor. Dr. Eskow will conduct an exam and sleep apnea pre-screening to assess your sleep apnea symptoms. We will coordinate a sleep study with a sleep center in the Washington DC metro area for a full diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will create a treatment plan to improve your symptoms and deliver you with more restful sleep.