Obstructive sleep apnea or OSA is a potentially serious sleeping disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. OSA is a serious, lifelong medical condition that affects between 18 and 30 million adults over 18 in the US, with many of them going undiagnosed. OSA is a chronic, lifelong medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. OSA has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and stroke.
Sleep Apnea Treatments
Obstructive sleep apnea can have a significant impact on quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family and in the workplace.
For individuals with OSA, muscles relax during sleep, including those that control the tongue and throat. Snoring is often a symptom of OSA caused by changes in your upper airway while sleeping.
What Causes OSA?
Your soft tissue may vibrate or it may completely collapse causing you to stop breathing. The soft tissue at the back of throat can sag, narrowing and constricting the airway. Collapsing of the soft tissue is called an Obstructive Apnea and may last for 10 seconds or more.
Robinson Dentistry uses SomnoMed for treatment of sleep apnea. SomnoMed is the leading provider of Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT). Getting started with treatment for sleep apnea is easier than it’s ever been. In order to get fitted for your COAT appliance from SomnoMed, you will need to follow the following steps:
SomnoMed Treatment Process
- Tell Robinson Dentistry about your symptoms. If we think you might have sleep apnea and if you don’t have a sleep physician, ask your primary care physician for a referral.
- Your sleep physician will order a sleep study and provide you with the diagnosis
- If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, Continuous Open Airway Therapy is an option for you and we will fit you with a COAT appliance from SomnoMed.