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What are sleep apnea & snoring?

Sleep apnea and snoring are two related but distinct sleep disorders that can significantly affect a person's sleep quality and overall health. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep and is often accompanied by snoring. Snoring refers to the vibration of throat tissues due to partially blocked airways. Both conditions can impact sleep quality and overall health & well-being, It can also have a negative impact on one's significant other or sleep partner. It's important to seek medical advice if you suspect you or someone you know may be affected.
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Did you know…

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1 in 15 americans suffer from some type of sleep apnea.

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What is the process to help manage sleep apnea or snoring

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At your consultation, Dr. Hlavaty will go through a questionair with you & help determine whether you are having snoring issues, or actual episodes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). For simple snoring issues, there are oral appliances that we can have custom made for you at one of our labs. These work wonders for stopping snoring & letting you (Or others around you) get a better night sleep. If you are experiencing the more severe issues related to OSA, we will refer you to a local Sleep Specialist Physician. They will typically want to have you do a sleep study to accurately diagnose the severity of the OSA. Based on the physician's diagnosis, there are different ways to treat this sleep disorder.

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Follow-Up consultation

Once we have received a report/diagnosis from the Sleep Specialist, we will meet again to go through the options for Treatment. Less severe cases of OSA can be managed well with oral-appliances that advance your lower jaw in order to keep your airway open & free of obstruction. More severe cases may require treatment with a CPAP machine or a combination of both.  Many sleep apnea sufferers are prescribed a CPAP machine from their doctor and while this is a highly effective solution with a near 100% success rate, this machine is difficult to sleep with so a large portion of people are non-compliant, only using it occasionally. Oral Appliances are CPAP alternatives that help by keeping the airway open. They are increasing in popularity due to the fact that they are comfortable, portable, durable, and highly-effective.

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Once a plan is in place & we have determined (working with your Sleep Specialist) what type of appliance will work best for you, we will take a digital scan impression of your teeth as well as measurements of your jaw & bite. We will then send these to the lab that will fabricate your appliance.  These appliances look similar to nighguards or sportsguards and work by advancing your lower jaw in relation to your upper jaw and mechanically opening up your airway. This advancement of the jaw also helps keep the tongue out of the airway to stop the snoring.

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Fitting & Adjustment

Once we have the oral appliance back from the lab, we will fit it to make sure it works seamlessly in your mouth. We will then make adjustments to ensure that it provides the proper amount of advancement of your jaw to keep your airway open & clear. We will also instruct you as to the proper way to clean, maintain, & store your appliance so that it will last for years & years. We will ask you (& your partner) to keep a log of how well the appliance is working & will typically want to see you back in the following weeks to discuss how the appliance is working and to determine if additional adjustments may be needed.

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Once we have your appliance adjusted & working properly, we will typically want to see you back every few months to make sure it is adjusted properly & functioning in a way that is providing you the relief you need. This follow up can be done in conjunction with your cleaning/hygiene appointment and your yearly X-rays & Exam.

Did you know…

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the most common treatment for sleep apnea is the cpap is also the most hated beacause it is uncomfortable, noisy and hard to sleep with.

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