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Do you know someone who suffers from Sleep Apnea but wants an alternative to their C-PAP machine? Visit us today at any of our 28 dental office locations throughout North Carolina! Our Department of Dental Sleep Medicine at Lane & Associates is here to discuss your Oral Appliance options for Sleep Apnea treatment in the Raleigh-Durham, NC Area!
Is snoring keeping you up at night? Do you find yourself sleeping on the couch instead of with your bed partner because of your snoring? Weight gain? Mood disorders? High blood pressure? At Lane & Associates, we treat Sleep Apnea! Let’s get your life back!
What kinds of C-PAP Alternative treatment options do we offer?
- Dorsal – The Dorsal is a relatively new appliance on the market. It is unique in that the upper and lower component of the appliance is not connected as with other oral appliances, but are still adjustable. is allows for the full opening of the mouth, which improves comfort and is helpful in certain cases.
- Herbst – EMA (Elastic Mandibular Advancement) – The EMAs primary function is to bring the jaw forward and keep the airway open. One of the major advantages of the EMA is its smaller size as well as its flexibility. Various lengths of flexible bands are used to adjust the position of the lower jaw. The EMA is one of the most comfortable of the oral appliances
What are some side effects of Sleep Apnea?
- Weight gain
- Sleep loss of bed partner
- Jaw Pain – also known as TMJ/TMD Disorder
- Anxiety or Depression
- High Cholesterol
- Day-time sleepiness
If your physician believes that your snoring is not a symptom of a more serious sleep disorder or breathing problem, an oral appliance can be used to quiet your snoring and improve sleep!
DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE ORAL APPLIANCE OPTIONS FOR SLEEP APNEA IN THE RALEIGH NC AREA
Do you have sleep apnea and are unable to use CPAP? Dr. Jamison Spencer, Lane & Associates’ Director of Dental Sleep Medicine is excited to share that you may have other options in treating your sleep apnea.
“It’s this simple and comfortable dental appliance similar to an athletic mouthguard and treatment is usually covered by your medical insurance.”
Oral appliances are simple in how they function as sleep treatments. An oral appliance keeps the airway open by keeping the lower jaw and tongue from falling back and blocking the airway. This is similar to the “head tilt, chin lift” procedure taught in CPR classes. While there are many appliances on the market, they all basically do the same thing—keep the airway open by preventing the jaw from falling back.
Oral appliances are made out of a variety of materials—most being adjustable. The sleep treatment appliance being adjustable is important so that an effective jaw position can be found. In our offices, patients are routinely scheduled for follow up sleep studies during which the appliance can be adjusted by the sleep technician to ensure that the appliance is working as well as possible.
TYPES OF APPLIANCES
MEDICAL DENTAL SLEEP APPLIANCE (MDSA)
Safe and effective treatment for snoring, and mild to moderate sleep apnea. The laboratory made MDSA holds the jaw and tongue forward and prevents the throat from collapsing during sleep.
The MDSA is scientifically proven as an effective method for treating snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. The MDSA is an alternative therapy when other treatments that involve nasal CPAP or surgery are not accepted. Some types of MDSA’s are listed below.
ELASTIC MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT (EMA) or HERBST APPLIANCE
One of the most comfortable of the oral appliances for sleep treatments of sleep apnea and snoring. It is made with a very thin and comfortable material, along with elastic bands that allow for a good range of motion; with the ability to easily speak and drink while the appliance is in place.
The EMA can be adjusted by using different lengths of bands. The bands also come in different densities which allows for a custom, comfortable fit.
At Lane & Associates, we offer the Herbst SomnoDent Appliance. The SomnoDent Herbst oral device has been proven to be an effective treatment for bruxism, chronic snoring and/or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea sufferers. This appliance allows patients to move laterally and vertically without disengaging the appliance.
SOMNOMED (DORSAL) APPLIANCE
A relatively new appliance on the market. Its strong point is the fact that it is very smooth and comfortable. It is unique in that the upper and lower component of the appliance is not connected, as with other appliances. This allows for the full opening of the mouth. The SomnoMed can also be adjusted.
A SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliance is a premium, custom-fitted dental device developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery. By simply wearing a SomnoDent while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep.
If you or someone you know are tired of being tired, talk to your medical doctor about trying a dental appliance or call us today at Lane & Associates Dental Sleep Medicine!
"I followed their advice and I can only tell you that it has been life-changing!"
I have been seeing the folks at Lane and Associates for a number of years. I have always had a good experience but wanted to share a specific story about them. During a regular visit I was advised by the dental Nurse and Doctor that, after examining me, I should consider consulting a sleep specialist. I had always been a heavy snorer but had never really paid much attention as to why I was snoring. I followed their advice and I can only tell you that it has been life-changing. I was diagnosed with extreme sleep apnea and am now using a CPAP machine at night. I can now sleep properly, my wife can sleep properly and it is all due to the excellent work by the staff at Dr. Lane's. Thank you!
Matt Stone, Fuquay-Varina Patient
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