Dental Sleep Medicine: Treatment for OSA and Snoring
There are several different options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring treatment. A common method is the use of CPAP machines. While proven effective, they are noisy, obstructive, and mostly just uncomfortable. Because of this, many people neglect to use these machines. Surgery is another option, but results have shown varying side effects and rates of success. An alternative option is dental sleep medicine, which focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy. The oral appliance therapy uses a mouth-guard-like device, made to wear during your sleep to maintain and open the obstructed airways. The mouthpiece is similar to a sports mouth-guard or a retainer, providing much more comfort than a CPAP machine. And the best part is, they are covered by many medical insurance plans.
As of November 2016, Grove Dental, led by Dr. Amanda Sonntag, offers Dental sleep medicine.
“There is an old adage that the mouth is the window to your health. This oral-systemic connection is what drew me and continues to fuel my passion for dentistry. Our focus is on the whole person- mind, body, soul, and mouth!If you start asking around, almost everyone a story about a sleep related breathing disorder. My story begins with my grandma- my fun-loving, card playing, hysterical grandma. Unfortunately, she did not learn of her sleep related breathing disorder until it’s effects had caused a weakening of her hearts, lungs, and kidneys. She finally sought attention when she was having trouble breathing….the diagnosis, congestive heart failure. The most probable cause, obstructive sleep apnea that for years had robbed her organs of the oxygen they desperately need. My passion stems from knowing my grandma before and after her diagnosis and wanting to reach out to patients in earlier stages. As a dentist, I see many of the effects of sleep related breathing disorders and want everyone to have a good nights sleep!”