Sleep Apnea

Sleep issues? We can help!

Did you know that you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Many people, especially those that live alone or sleep separately, are not aware that they have sleep apnea.

A few symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) include:
       Excessive daytime sleepiness
       Pauses in breathing while sleeping
       Awakening out of breath during the night1
       Waking in the morning with a dry mouth and/or headache
       Gasping and choking sounds 3
       Sudden or jerky body movements3
       Restless tossing and turning3
       Personality changes during the day, such as mood swings3 

Often no symptoms are present!

What is OSA?

While sleeping your muscles relax, including the muscles that control your throat and tongue. When these muscles relax the soft tissue in the back of your throat can sag and block your airway, leading to snoring and pauses in your breathing. This in turn leads to restless nights and drowsiness during the day.

According to the American Thoracic Society, “OSA can occur in people who have large tonsils or adenoids. OSA can also run in families of people of normal size and in people with certain types of jaw problems. People with these jaw problems have difficulty keeping the back of their throat open. Some of these conditions are called micrognathia (a small jaw) and retrognathia (a pulled back jaw).”

People may ignore the signs of sleep apnea from fear of uncomfortable nightly treatment, however OSA is a life-long medical condition that affects your health and quality of life and is linked to other serious medical conditions such as: Hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, memory issues, weight gain, impotence, headaches, and work and driving related accidents. If you suffer from the above symptoms, you may be a candidate for OSA treatment.

     *Call your physician regarding diagnosis. Only a sleep study can diagnose sleep apnea and how severe it is.

Sleep Apnea Statistics:
       Approximately 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, making it as common as Type 2 Diabetes1
       Sleep apnea occurs more in men than in women. Risks increase in males that are over weight and over the age of 40. 1
       30% of patients with hypertension have OSA2
       40-80% of stroke victims also suffer from OSA2

Sleep apnea treatment doesn’t have to be uncomfortable!

Premier offers one of the latest in OSA treatment: Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT). If you only suffer from mild to moderate OSA then you can be treated without a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device, which involves face masks or nose pieces that fit snuggly and keep you hook up to machines all night.

COAT treatment, by SomnoDent®, is a device worn in your mouth, much like a mouth guard, that fits over your upper and lower teeth, moving the lower jaw forward slightly to help keep your airway open and allow you to breath normally.

How it works:
       Repositions the lower jaw
       Stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue
       Increases the muscle tone of the tongue

These devices are customized to each patient and provide a higher level of comfort while sleeping. When you visit us, we will examine your teeth and mouth to confirm your oral health status, ensure that you are a good candidate for a SomnoDent® device, as well as determine which SomnoDent® product is right for you.

Once your examine is complete, we take a bite registration and impressions, write a SomnoDent® prescription, and send the information to SomnoMed for your device to be manufactured to our custom specifications. When your device arrives, you will visit our office for a proper fitting and instructions on using the product. After using the device, we’ll refer you back to your sleep physician for a follow-up to insure the device is working properly. 91% of SomnoDent® patients report improvements in their sleep quality with their new devices! 2

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Call us today so we can get started on your sleep apnea treatment!
Restful nights create refreshing days!

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Information provided by:
1American Sleep Apnea Association
3American Thoracic Society