OSA, or sleep apnea for short, is a chronic medical condition that can negatively impact your sleep, health, and quality of living. Sleep apnea has been linked to various health complications, such as hypertension, diabetes, stroke and heart disease. It has also been known to be at the root of work and driving related accidents and can put a strain on relationships with partners, family, and co-workers.
If you or a loved one have displayed a combination of the above symptoms, seeking treatment for sleep apnea is essential. Diagnosing the disorder is not always easy at first. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, you should talk to your physician about taking an Apnea Risk Evaluation Screening Test, which is a simple questionnaire. From there, the doctor may order for you to have an overnight "Sleep Study" performed to officially diagnose, and then come up with a treatment plan, for your OSA.
At Vajdi Dental, we offer several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the most popular options is an oral appliance called a Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). These are custom-made mouthpieces, molded specifically to the shape of your teeth and mouth, that you wear while you sleep. They work by shifting the jaw slightly and holding it in place, thus reducing snoring and also working against sleep apnea.
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