Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness? Does your partner complain that you snore loudly? Do you find yourself constantly fatigued? If these symptoms are present in your life, you may be suffering from a condition know as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. Do you or someone you know wear a CPAP machine and just can’t get used to wearing the facemask at night?
If so , we have a new alternative. A smaller dental appliance can give you the rest and healing your body requires to have you feeling better, thinking clearer, and filled with more energy throughout the day.
If you or someone you know could benefit from this life changing appliance; call us today and schedule a no fee consultation with Dr. Gio to see if you are a candidate.
Winchester Dentist, Dr. Gio Iuculano, Addresses the Topic of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
Our very own Dr. Gio has a special interest in treating sleep apnea and TMJ. As a result he has studied sleep apnea extensively and has recently taken all the most popular course offerings available to dentists in the United States. Gio Iuculano, DDS has in-depth knowledge of the most effective sleep apnea treatments. For a full list of his certifications, please click HERE.
What are the symptoms of OSA?
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty staying awake during meetings, conversations, etc…
- Impaired ability to concentrate
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliances are worn in the mouth to treat snoring and OSA, very similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard. One of the causes of OSA and snoring is your tongue. When you sleep, your tongue can reposition itself blocking your airway. The appliance repositions your jaw so that the airway remains unobstructed throughout the night. Each oral appliance is customized for your own individual needs based on the severity of your condition. Oral appliances can be used alone or in combination with other means of treating OSA such as a C-PAP or O-PAP. Dr. Iuculano will design an appliance to help adjust the position of your tongue and restore peace to your bedroom.
Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist and each appliance is completly fabricated to meet the patients specific needs. As time progresses new technologies in the field of OSA become available and our practice continues to evolve to help our patients achieve the most accurate and up to date care.
We take pride in treating the patient’s needs on an individual basis and believe that these conditions are not a one size fits all approach.
Winchester Dentist Addresses the Topic of Snoring:
While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a major sign of other complications that can affect your health. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping, which not only affects the quality of sleep that the snoring person gets, but also their loved ones, such as spouses, children, and other family members. Luckily, there is a way to treat chronic snoring.
What causes snoring?
Snoring can be the result of several factors. Typically, snoring is caused by the relaxing of the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth, making the airway passage smaller. The decrease in space through the airway makes it harder for each breath to get through, and when it does get through the airway passage, it moves over the soft tissues in the mouth and throat, causing a vibration that results in the snoring sound. Other causes of snoring may include:
- Excess body weight
- Alcohol consumption
- Certain sleep aides or sedatives
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is a mandibular advancement device?
If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night’s sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device to be worn at night as it gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage, helping you breathe better and get a full, quiet night’s sleep.
MADs are usually small plastic devices worn in the mouth during sleep to prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. They do this by bringing your lower jaw forward and/or by lifting your soft palate. Some devices also stop the tongue from falling back over your windpipe. Your dentist will fit these special appliances to meet your individual condition.
Is a MAD comfortable?
The answer is simple — YES! A mandibular advancement device is made to be comfortable so that you can sleep without even noticing you’re wearing it. It does not prevent you from breathing with your mouth open and will even eliminate snoring for patients with sinus congestion or allergies. You may experience some slight stiffness of the jaw for the first few mornings after wearing the device, however this feeling is only temporary and will go away after waking up and removing the device.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation. A better night’s sleep starts here!