Sleep Apnea Treatment in Lincoln, NE
EMA Snore Guard
TAP 3 Elite
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a debilitating sleep-related breathing disorder defined as a cessation of breathing for 10 seconds. During sleep, the body's muscles relax causing the soft tissue of the airway to collapse, obstructing the airway. The body reacts to the closure of the airway by disrupting deep sleep enough to start breathing again, but deprives the sufferer of getting a " good night's sleep ".
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommends oral appliances such as the EMA or Tap 3 Elite, as a front line of treatment for snoring and mild sleep apnea, and or where CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is not prescribed as needed. The EMA is FDA approved for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.
How Dentistry Can Help
By now you're probably wondering: What does my dentist have to do with all this? Here's the connection: Snoring or sleep apnea can sometimes be treated with an oral appliance available at the dental office that's designed to hold the lower jaw forward during sleep.
This repositioning of the jaw moves the tongue away from the back of the throat, reducing the potential for obstruction. This treatment is backed by a great deal of scientific evidence; it's a good remedy to try before moving on to more complicated breathing devices or surgery to remove excess tissues in the throat.
Only a dentist can fabricate, fit, adjust, monitor, and treat complications associated with Oral Appliance Therapy used in managing SRBD. So if you or a loved one is experiencing any combination of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, a consultation with a dental professional is a good idea.
If you are interested in an EMA Snore-guard or Tap 3 Elite device, to stop snoring, and get a peaceful night of sleep,
please contact Baum Family Dentistry, at (402) 486-4050
for more information about Dental Sleep Medicine in Lincoln, NE.