Advanced Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at Green Bay Family Dentistry
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious disorder in which airflow is restricted during sleep. This can be fatal as it reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered to all your organs including the heart and brain. People with sleep apnea actually stop breathing for short periods of time, and this may happen a hundred times during the night. Oral appliance therapy has been found to be very effective in many cases.
What are the signs of obstructive sleep apnea?
- Loud snoring
- Falling asleep during the day
- General daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty staying asleep or insomnia
- Waking up during the night gasping for breath or with a choking sound
- Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficult-to-control high blood pressure
How OSA affects you?
- Higher risk of stroke and heart problems
- Impaired concentration
- Memory loss
- Decreased libido
- Increased risk of workplace or driving accidents
- Dry mouth
- Gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Although OSA is a fairly common type of sleep apnea affecting approximately 18 million Americans, it is mostly seen in middle-aged and older adults, and those who are overweight. This sleep disorder can worsen with age or weight gain. Using oral appliances for sleep apnea can relieve a mild to moderate condition. Only a dentist or orthodontist with experience in oral appliances for sleep apnea should administer oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Mark Brodhagen is a skilled family dentist with extensive knowledge and expertise in oral appliance therapy. He and the dedicated team at Brodhagen Dental Care have helped many men and women in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area get relief from this life threatening sleep disorder. If you have mild to moderate OSA and haven’t been helped by a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, our oral appliances for sleep apnea might be just the solution you’ve been looking for.
Call 920-499-2121 to schedule an oral appliance therapy consultation. We welcome new patients.
Front Line Oral Appliance Therapy at Brodhagen Dental Care, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Brodhagen Dental Care patients have the unique advantage of skilled cosmetic, reconstructive and restorative dental services for the entire family all under the expert care of Dr. Mark Brodhagen. We are constantly upgrading our knowledge, skills and equipment to provide better dental care.
How do we treat obstructive sleep apnea?
- Mandibular repositioning appliances: [Also known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or mandibular repositioning device (MRD)], look similar to a mouth guard used in sports, and snap over the upper and lower dental arches. Metal hinges make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward thus enlarging the airways and improving airflow.
- Tongue retaining appliances: [Also called a tongue retaining device (TRD)], include a splint that holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open. The TRD is lab constructed of a flexible polyvinyl material which is adapted to the general contours of the teeth and dental arches. Since the mandible is not rigidly or firmly held by the appliance, freedom of movement is possible. That makes it a good choice for edentulous patients as well as those with periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
Using oral appliances for sleep apnea takes some getting used to and may involve several visits to the dentist. At Brodhagen Dental Care we have the expertise to make your oral appliance therapy as quick and comfortable as possible.