Albertville and Guntersville, AL
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects more than 18 million Americans, according to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Disorders. OSA occurs mostly in men that are over the age of 40, but can affect women and even children. OSA involves an obstruction of the airway that occurs while sleeping, causing the person to snore loudly or gasp for air.
Why is sleep apnea a big deal?
During these episodes, the person awakes from a deep sleep. Some OSA suffers may not realize they are experiencing these episodes, but when deep sleep is consistently interrupted, the body begins to suffer from inadequate sleep. Sleep disorders can also affect your overall health and, therefore, should not be ignored. The good news is there is a relief from your OSA and the dentists at Wall Street Dentistry can help.
Home sleep study – The Medipack Jr. Device
Dentists are now on the front lines of diagnosing and treating OSA. At Wall Street Dentistry, we can perform sleep studies and prescribe a specially made sleep appliance to help alleviate your OSA, providing you with a peaceful night’s sleep. The sleep studies can even be conducted from the comfort of your home using the Medipack Jr. device, which is convenient and easy for patients to use.
How we treat sleep apnea
The MicrO2 is the first CAD/CAM milled sleep apnea device cleared by the FDA. This device is specially made for each patient, is unobtrusive, yet comfortable for the patient to wear. The device is made from a strong, predictable, and precise material that makes it easy to use for both the patient and the dentist.
Benefits of MicrO2:
- FDA approved
- No adjustments required
- No fine-tuning
- No need for elastics
- Available in advancement increments (various sizes and positions that are interchangeable)
- Repositions lower jaw into proper alignment, facilitating airflow
The SomnoMed device is available in various models that can be used depending on the patient’s need for sleep apnea treatment. The SomnoMed device is comfortable, effective and constructed of high-quality material.
Benefits of SomnoMed:
- Requires fewer adjustments (as opposed to traditional OSA appliances)
- Backed by a 3-year warranty
- Made from special acrylic material that does not discolor or attract odors
- FDA approved appliance
- Help to hold lower jaw into a position that facilitates proper airflow
For a consultation, contact Wall Street Dentistry today at (256) 878-0525. We welcome patients from Albertville, Boaz, and Guntersville, Alabama.