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You may be wondering what does sleep health have to do with dental care, and the answer is a lot. Millions of people suffer from disruptive sleep disorders that keep them awake at night and affect their general health. 

Oral appliances are a solution to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. John Han works in consultation with your sleep physician to you with a carefully calibrated appliance that can hold your jaw in a precise position at night to allow for good oxygen flow. 

   

We're concerned about the overall health of our patients, including their sleep health. Many people suffer needlessly from dangerous sleep disruptive disorders that keep them from getting enough oxygen at night. The risk of a heart attack is 23 times more likely than average with a sleep disorder, and 92% of stroke victims live unknowingly with this condition before an attack. Our training allows us to offer you education and treatment surrounding sleep health in the simplest and most cost-effective way possible.

Estimates suggest that more than twelve million Americans compromise their health due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most cases remain undiagnosed, contributing to diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and traffic accidents related to drowsy driving. Dentistry serves a vital role in treating this silent epidemic. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances as a primary therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and for patients with severe sleep apnea who can't tolerate CPAP treatment.

What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

More than 12 million Americans have a form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and many more cases remain undiagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea that's not treated can contribute to diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease. Moreover, it may also contribute to traffic accidents caused by drowsy driving.

Dentists play an important role in treating this sleeping disorder, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances for treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

How does OSA manifest?

OSA is a type of breathing disorder that manifests by brief interactions of breathing during sleep. This typically occurs due to a blockage in the airway and results in a drop in blood oxygen levels throughout the night.

A sleep physician typically diagnoses OSA by using a polysomnogram and a sleep study to monitor brain activity during sleep. After collecting the data, the physician diagnosis any sleep disorders and recommends treatment.

If recommended by the sleep doctor, the dentist can work together to treat obstructive sleep apnea with the help of oral appliance therapy. Dr John Han has years of experience working with slip doctors to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

   

What are the treatment options for OSA?

There are multiple types of treatment available for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and some of them may involve surgery. However, in most cases, oral appliance therapy is enough to correct sleep disorders. This is the least invasive option and typically works well for mild to moderate cases of OSA.

If your sleep physician decides that appliance therapy is a suitable treatment option for you, we can provide you with a personalized appliance. We also offer our patients all the advice they need to position their appliance and maintain their airways clear during sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea FAQ

Is snoring a symptom of OSA?

If you or your partner is a chronic loud snorer, there is plenty of reason to be concerned. In fact, a loud snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, so it's important to build a consultation with a sleep expert to assess the problem and develop an action plan.

Why do I wake up exhausted even though I get enough hours of sleep?

If you have undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, you may wake up more than 50 times per hour during the night. While you may have no recollection of these awakenings, they prevent you from reaching a night of deep and restful sleep. This means that no matter how many hours of sleep you get the night, you won't feel well-rested until you solve your apnea problem.

Are all dentists trained in the field of dental sleep medicine?

Not all dentists have experience with oral appliances or have an interest in the field of dental sleep medicine. Dr John Han has years of experience with oral appliances and works together with your sleep doctor to develop the best treatment that will help you enjoy your sleep and wake up well-rested in the morning.


If you're interested in learning more about how to correct obstructive sleep apnea and improve your overall health, then hesitate to contact J Han Dental Design to book an appointment. 

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