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August 20, 2007

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Having Trouble Sleeping?

August 6, 2007

Dr. Randle Egbert, A Milford, Ohio Dentist Can Help !

Recently published in the Wall Street Journal was the following article:

Devices To Help You Get A Good Night’s Sleep

By Laura Johannes

A good night’s sleep may come from an unexpected place: your dentist. Makers of custom-fitted mouthpieces say the devices help alleviate sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep experts say the devices are a good option mainly for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops briefly during sleep. The causes vary, but often involve blockage of the throat by the tongue and soft tissue. In the short term, apnea can result in sleep deprivation. Over time it can cause serious health effects ranging from heart failure to stroke.

Traditionally, sleep apnea has been treated by a machine that blows air into the nose through a mask in order to keep the airway open. The treatment, called CPAP, is nearly 100% effective, but many patients dislike wearing a respirator like mask. As a result, doctors say many CPAP machines end up in the closet.

Doctors say patients are more likely to actually use oral appliances, which are similar to sports mouth guards.

If a patient with severe apnea doesn’t want to use CPAP, an oral appliance may be worth a try, says Lawrence Epstein, medical director of Sleep Health Centers LLC in Boston, but if it doesn’t work he’ll suggest other options such as the CPAP or surgery.

The process of getting one usually starts with a sleep study, in a lab or at home, to document the problem. Then the dentist takes an impression of the teeth and has a laboratory fit a device to the mold. Several visits are needed to get the adjustment right.

If you are having trouble sleeping, suffer from restless leg syndrome or grind your teeth, you may have sleep apnea. Call our office to schedule an exam with Dr. Egbert.

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