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In other words, Bandeen Orthodontics and Center for Dental Sleep Medicine now has the ability to treat you for your possible sleep apnea. Already on CPAP? We can help. There are many patients whose CPAP treatment will be more effective from also wearing an oral appliance. Wearing both a CPAP and an oral appliance is called "dual therapy". An oral appliance can also be a wonderful choice for the many patients who, for various reasons, are not wearing their CPAP. Bandeen Orthodontics will work closely with you and your physician to determine the best method of treatment for you.
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How can orthodontic treatment reduce Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
First, we try to reduce or eliminate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Orthodontic treatment with braces can help reduce issues of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) in two main ways:
1. Expansion of the palate: Orthodontic expansion of the palate can improve the airway because the roof of the mouth is the floor of the nose. An increase in the palatal width and the nasal passages can occur in most kids and in some adults and can improve the airway.
2. More room for the tongue: When there is more space in the mouth, there is more room for the tongue. When there is less space in the mouth, the tongue is more likely to be postured back farther which is greater cause for the tongue to block the airway when sleeping
Second, we manage whatever Obstructive Sleep Apnea remains with an oral appliance. In our offices, we use the B-Fit™ appliance. The B-Fit™ is reported by our patients to be more smaller and more comfortable than other similar appliances. Read more about the B-Fit™ at www.B-FitSleep.com
An Oral Appliance/Mouthpiece holds your lower jaw in a way that reduces or prevents blockage of your airway when you sleep.
There are times that this type of treatment has the potential to negatively affect your bite, but, we are an orthodontic specialty practice. In other words, we are aware of that potential and have the special skills to try to prevent those issues or to try to fix them if that happens to you.
We can now help treat your Sleep Apnea.
Don't worry we still make beautiful smiles, now we can help you sleep better too!
What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep Apnea is a condition where you stop breathing while sleeping which, obviously, can create a lot of problems. There are LOTS of people who don't even know that they have sleep apnea, but they wonder why they are tired all of the time, and many of those people also have other associated serious medical issues which can affect their quality of life and which can shorten their lives. If you are unsure about whether or not you have sleep apnea, we can administer a home sleep test which can even be read by a board-certified sleep physician for an official diagnosis (Diagnostic services are available through a partnership with Residential Home Sleep Services. If you cannot come to one of our offices because you are too far away or are too busy, you can also have a home sleep test sent directly to your home through Residential Home Sleep Services)
Chris Gillette, R.S.P.G.T, pictured here with Drs. Tim & Emily Bandeen, is a certified sleep technologist with over 14 years of experience in the world of sleep medicine. He has joined our team as part of our deliberate effort to provide our patients with the best in dental sleep medicine. He is our Sleep Health Coordinator for Bandeen Orthodontics & Center for Dental Sleep Medicine which means that he will is available to meet with you personally to evaluate how we might be able to help you with your sleep apnea and snoring issues. Chris can provide you with a free consultation to discuss your issues and to review potential treatment options.
The Mallampati Scale
Here's the basic idea:
One form of testing is the Mallampati score. The score is given based on how low the back of your throat hangs. This score is one of many used to determine the probability that you might have sleep apnea and is one of many factors that will cause us to recommend a sleep study. A sleep study, either at home or in a lab, is will allow a physician to finish your diagnosis.