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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Christine Ally, DDS, FICOI, FAGD Member, American Sleep and Breathing Academy Member, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Qualified Dentist, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to physical blockage of the airway. These stops in breathing usually last for around ten seconds and are often followed by snorts, gasps, or choking sounds as a person’s body fights to resume breathing again.

When you stop breathing during the night, your brain responds by partially waking to send signals to the respiratory system to work harder to get past the obstruction. This repeated stop in breathing is very detrimental to overall health and is linked to a number of medical conditions. These range from depression and sexual dysfunction to increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and premature cardiac death.

Appliances Available for Sleep Apnea

Before any treatment options can be determined, a sleep study must first be performed to determine the severity of one’s symptoms as it can have a direct influence on the recommended therapy. However, a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) should be treated and monitored by a trained clinician. There are various types of comfortable dental appliances which can be made by an experienced doctor such as Dr. Ally to treat OSA and improve patients’ health. For moderate to severe sleep apnea patients, most sleep professionals will recommend CPAP therapy as a first-line treatment option. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device is often the recommended therapy. Dental devices may also be recommended to be worn in conjunction with a CPAP device.

Who Qualifies for These Appliances?

• Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea (not recommended for moderate to severe sleep apnea) • Patients with primary snoring (in absence of sleep apnea) • Patients who have tried and failed at CPAP therapy may qualify • Patients who were unsuccessful with or refused surgeries such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations, or tracheostomy • In combination with CPAP device to help lower patient’s apnea/hypopnea index for more tolerable air pressure settings If you’re concerned you have sleep apnea, you should contact your physician to discuss or contact a highly trained dental professional to discuss treatment options. Dr. Ally at Shore Premier Dental Arts/Advanced Sleep and TMJ Center of New Jersey offers a complimentary consultation to discuss your concerns or treatment options. She is a highly trained and skilled clinician with extensive experience in treating OSA patients with oral appliances. Give us a call to see how we can help with your concerns.

Schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with Dr. Ally to learn about our comfortable and convenient sleep apnea treatment.

180 White Road, Suite 212 Little Silver, NJ 07739

732-842-6370 advancedsleepcenternj.com

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