Sleep Apnea Treatment in Falls Church
Sleep apnea, a condition that causes pauses in breathing during sleep, can be life-threatening when left undiagnosed and untreated.
Millions of people suffer from the effects of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Many times they may be undergoing treatment but their CPAP therapy system fails to help them.
In our Falls Church, VA dental office, we see many patients with this all too common condition and provide relief through convenient oral appliances.
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Dr. Robert Morabito
Dr. Morabito, your nearby Falls Church dentist, offers innovative solutions for easier nighttime breathing. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation to learn how sleep apnea treatment can help you achieve a more restful night's sleep.
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Problems Common With Traditional CPAP Therapy
Many patients of Dr. Morabito come in with complaints of;
- Dry nasal passages
- Skin irritation around the masks
- Difficulty putting up with the pressurized air
- Accidentally removing the mask at night
For these patients, Dr. Morabito offers an alternative to CPAP therapy, and depending on the level of severity of their disorder, they may benefit from an oral dental appliance.
Alternative Sleep Apnea Therapy in Falls Church
For those who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device that you wear is often a recommended therapy. Oral appliances come in many different styles and brands.
Custom dental appliances are designed to enlarge the airway and prevent upper airway col-md-6lapsibility and alleviate snoring. They can be similar to a sports mouth-guard or an orthodontic retainer and work by pushing the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward, which helps prevent throat muscles and tissues from col-md-6lapsing back into the airways allowing for normal breathing during sleep. The devices typically cover the upper and lower teeth.
Custom Fitted Appliances
Dr. Robert A. Morabito can make a custom-fitted dental devices to suit your particular needs.
The first essential step in getting the care you need is to have your diagnosis confirmed by your primary care physician or sleep specialist.
Once you receive a proper diagnosis and determine how severe your case is, a team of medical professionals will be able to put together the best treatment for your needs.
Dr. Robert Morabito, provides the following steps for sleep apnea treatment:
Evaluation of Oral Health
In order to rule out any possible dental issues, Dr. Morabito will evaluate the health and alignment of your teeth/bite. During this evaluation, Dr. Morabito will also make sure that your sleep apnea appliance can fit properly.
To work properly, your sleep apnea appliance needs to fit comfortably and properly. If it does not fit correctly, your airway will not be opened up. Dr. Morabito will take impressions/molds of your teeth and mouth and send them to a dental lab that specializes in sleep apnea oral appliances.
Fitting your Sleep Apnea Appliances
After your appliance has been manufactured to the correct specifications, you will require a follow-up appointment with Dr. Morabito. This appointment will be utilized to ensure a good fit, demonstrate how the device works, and how it should be worn.
The Advantages & Benefits of Sleep Apnea Dental Devices
Wearers of sleep apnea dental devices report that they stop loud snoring, feel more rested in the daytime, and are much more comfortable going to sleep.
- Significantly more comfortable
- Reduced nasal dryness
- Portable and discrete to transport
- Easier to fall asleep with
- Stays secure throughout the night
Adjustable Sleep Apnea Treatment Devices
There are a number of dental devices that can be used to alleviate this condition. Appliances can fall into two distinct categories: Fixed and Adjustable. The goal of most of these devices is to separate the jaws and push them forward slightly. This slight repositioning opens up the airway and allows oxygen to flow freely again. Below are some of the adjustable sleep apnea devices available in Falls Church.
TAP® 3 (Thornton Adjustable Positioner)
The TAP® 3 is the smallest, most comfortable member of the TAP family. It is a two-part custom-created sleep apnea appliance that fits over the teeth in much the same way as a sports mouthguard. The TAP® 3 projects the jaw forward to prevent the tongue and soft tissues from impeding the airway. The lower jaw positioner is adjustable, which means that it can be altered to suit the comfort level of the wearer. The TAP® 3 appliance can accommodate the three main types of malocclusion and allows the lips to fully close.
The SomnoDent oral sleep appliance is a custom-made splint, which is placed over the teeth. The device consists of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling component, which allows normal mouth opening and closing. The splint moves the lower jaw slightly forward. The lower jaw advancement is adjustable, which increases the effectiveness of the treatment. The design of the SomnoDent MAS is characterized by a number of key features that are significant improvements on existing MAS oral appliances. These improvements make the splint both comfortable and effective. Is has been shown to provide successful treatment of snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It has an unrivaled patient acceptance and compliance. It is extremely comfortable and a phenomenal alternative to the c-pap.
Herbst Telescopic Appliance
The Herbst appliance is held in the mouth by clasps and friction grips. It is made of acrylic and contains adjustable metal wiring. The advantage of this appliance is that the wearer is able to move vertically and laterally without dislodging the appliance. The Herbst appliance is usually used in mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea, and can also alleviate loud snoring effectively.
Schedule a Consultation To Review Your Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
If you have already had a diagnosis of a mild to moderate sleep apnea disorder and want to try a dental device, call our office in Falls Church.
Robert A. Morabito, DDS, is committed to helping his patients achieve a greater well-being and is happy to assist you in finding the proper oral appliance just right for you.
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