What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. It can increase the risk for other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
Some signs of sleep apnea are:
2. Excessive daytime sleepiness
3. Memory problems
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that fits easily into your lifestyle. A dental oral appliance looks like a sports mouth guard and is worn only during sleep. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.
Jacqueline Delash, DMD,
MBA, MPH, D. ABDSM
Dr. Delash is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. What does that mean? Dr. Delash is highly trained and has the technical skill, in-depth knowledge, and professional judgement to deliver excellent patient care for individuals suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
She is an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM).
Dr. Delash serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, Department of Pulmonology, where she participates in research efforts and lectures to Pulmonology Fellows and Faculty on oral appliance therapy. Her collaborative efforts with Medical Specialists are crucial to providing comprehensive patient care.
Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by a sleep physician, a dentist experienced in dental sleep medicine can make a custom-fitted oral appliance using impressions and models of your teeth. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Patients like oral appliance therapy because:
2. Easy to wear
5. Convenient for travel
6. Easy to clean
For more detailed information, visit the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine