Dr .Siny Thomas can screen for sleep apnea by using a questionnaire along with a clinical examination and refer at-risk individuals to a sleep medicine specialist for a definitive diagnosis. After testing is conducted at a sleep laboratory or at home using a Home Sleep Test (HST), an index known as the Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) combined with the oxygen saturation level is created and a diagnosis is made.
Alternative To CPAP Machines For Sleep Problems Mild to Moderate cases.
CPAP is the most common treatment for OSA. However, several studies have shown that non-compliance remains an issue because of the bulk and noise of the machine. As an alternative your doctor may recommend Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). A prescription and referral can be made toDr.Siny Thomas for a custom-made oral appliance. OAT consists of a plastic (acrylic) oral appliance that fits much like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. These appliances can alleviate OSA symptoms by improving blood oxygen saturation levels and reducing the AHI.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
Dr.Thomas will work closely with physicians to treat snoring and sleep apnea.Your Physician will decide if you are a candidate for OAT treatment. At your first visit, we will discuss the benefits of treatment. You also will receive information on the potential side effects and the cost of therapy. If you had a sleep study completed we would need the sleep study report .
Then your dentist will conduct a complete clinical evaluation. This will include an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly a new X-ray of your mouth.
Oral appliances are customized using digital or physical impressions and models of your teeth. These models are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made.
Once your oral appliance is ready, you will return to your dentist’s office for a fitting. Your dentist will adjust the appliance to maximize its comfort and effectiveness. You also will learn how to clean the oral appliance and maintain it. After this fitting, your sleep doctor may schedule you for a sleep study to verify treatment success.
Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner begins to sleep better, too!
Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. At Cornerstone Dentistry Dr.Siny Thomas can provide you the treatment to help to improve your sleep and your health.