Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Brooklyn, NY
Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft palate block your airway, contributing to many medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, acid reflux, excessive daytime fatigue, stroke, and more.
Why See a Dentist for Oral Appliance Therapy?
If you’re visiting Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine for oral appliance therapy (OAT), you’ve most likely tried sleep apnea relief with a CPAP machine and want to avoid the mask, headgear, and straps. Luckily, nearly 80% of the patients that make the transition to oral appliance therapy find that it’s useful for managing their snoring and attaining maximum medical improvement for their sleep apnea.
Furthermore, oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear which makes the majority of patients (85%-95%) use them every night. The ideal situation is that you’ll get the maximum medical improvement with an oral appliance alone. Dr. Doueck can track the success of your oral appliance therapy by conducting a post-treatment sleep study.
Oral Appliances: How They Work
Our oral appliance therapy aims to increase pharyngeal space, the area of your throat where the air travels. Dr. Doueck can make this happen by using a device that goes into your mouth while you sleep and attaches to the teeth, similar to a sports mouthguard. The oral appliance nudges the jaw forward, and because they’re connected, it also moves the tongue forward. Since the tongue collapsing against the airway may be the cause of the obstruction, bringing the jaw forward physically opens the airway, making it easier to breathe.
Oral appliance therapy focuses on improving upper airway breathability, and these appliances are well documented to be successful, and people adapt to them very well.
How to Receive Oral Appliance Therapy
At Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine, our team has advanced training that makes answering any questions about sleep studies, oral appliances, sleep apnea, or co-therapy simple. If you’re interested in an oral device, there are several steps before you experience maximum medical improvement, including:
- Sleep Study: A sleep study, either at home or in a sleep lab, is required before any treatment. Once you complete the sleep study, a qualified physician will interpret the results and make a diagnosis.
- Insurance Information: Before you can start oral appliance therapy, it’s essential that you fill out the proper paperwork. Among the paperwork needed are signed intake forms, your medical insurance card, and a prescription from a physician for an oral appliance.
- Oral Appliance: After your paperwork is complete, Dr. Doueck can start preparing you for oral appliance therapy. He offers custom-fitted appliances that work by preventing the tongue and soft tissue from collapsing—thereby keeping the airway open. This form of treatment has proven to be enough and usually corrects the cause of snoring, improving health without the need for a CPAP machine.
- Improvement: Once you’ve gotten used to your oral appliance, Dr. Doueck will have you complete a follow-up sleep study to monitor the success of the treatment.
Risks & Side Effects Associated with OAT
While the severity of your side effects doesn’t worsen with more protrusion, there are a few risks that can cause minor complications in the future. For example, when you start treatment, you may experience slight discomfort—bleeding, swelling, or soreness. These feelings are expected and will subdue in a short period.
In some rare situations, oral appliance therapy has lead to TMJ problems. If you believe your OAT is adversely affecting your well-being, contact Dr. Doueck. He’ll find a solution for your unique concerns.
Stop Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Brooklyn, NY
If you’re curious about the remarkable benefits provided by treating your sleep-related issue with OAT, check out our Physician’s Guide to Oral Appliances. Dr. Doueck has formulated that guide to answer as many of the common questions revolving around oral appliance therapy.
Furthermore, you can contact our office at 718-339-7982 to schedule your consultation with our sleep dentist, Dr. Doueck. During this time, he’ll discuss your medical history, sleep habits, and what you’d like to gain from treatment. If oral appliance therapy is for you, he’ll make sure you get the diagnosis and treatment that you deserve.