Sleep Apnea in Vinings, GA
A better night’s sleep begins with your dentist.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common problem among men and women who snore. The condition results when muscles around the tongue and throat relax during sleep, blocking the airflow to the lungs. It’s common among men, people over 40, and those who are overweight. Without treatment, it can lead to hypertension, stroke, and even heart failure.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your Dental Professionals of Vinings dentist may be able to help. Those who suffer from mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea can often be treated using an oral appliance. Depending on your needs, there are two types of oral appliances your dentist may recommend:
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
The most commonly recommended mouth device for sleep apnea is called a mandibular advancement device, known as MAD for short. Similar to mouth guards used in sports, a MAD fits over the lower and upper dental arches. Metal hinges ease the lower jaw and tongue forward to keep the airway open.
Tongue Retaining Device
This device is basically a splint that holds your tongue in place, keeping your airways open. Unlike the MAD, it doesn’t move the jaw.
Your Dental Professionals of Vinings dentist will work with you to determine which device is best for you based on the cause of your OSA, its severity, and the type of device you feel most comfortable using. After receiving your device, you should have regular check-ups to ensure that the device is working properly. If you notice pain or changes in your bite, adjustments can be made to help alleviate the problem.
Getting a Clearer Picture of TMJ and Sleep Apnea
At Dental Professionals of Vinings, we strive to bring you the latest technology in dental care. Since iCat imaging has proven to be highly effective in the diagnosis of conditions such as TMJ and sleep apnea, we wanted our patients to benefit from this advanced scanning technology. The clearer images of iCat should improve both your experience and your treatment by giving your dentist a more accurate and complete picture of your needs.
How iCat images lead to better treatment.
This new technology uses a cone beam, 3-D dental imaging system to create high definition images of your teeth—providing a clearer picture of your mouth similar to the way a high-def TV improves upon the quality of the standard-def TV. Taking both 2-D and 3-D images of your anatomy, the iCat builds a more complete image. And since the equipment easily adjusts to your mouth’s unique angles, it can capture areas that were previously difficult to reach or that might have caused discomfort.
These more precise images lead to more accurate placement of restorations by providing exact dimensions and angles. They also indicate bone density, which means your dentist will require less time to plan. They should save you time as well, since most patients receive a detailed plan in just one office visit.
iCat for TMJ
This new technology can be highly effective in the treatment of TMJ, since the images can be narrowed to focus directly on your temporomandibular joint. The clarity of the images assists your dentist in determining the exact degree of misalignment. As a result, she or he can develop a more effective treatment plan.
iCat for sleep apnea.
For many of the same reasons, iCat technology is also highly effective in treating sleep apnea. The clearer images make it easy to see where and how severely the airways are restricted. They also enable your dentist to rule out symptoms, such as sinus abnormalities, which sometimes contribute to sleep apnea.
Take advantage of the latest iCat technology.
To learn more about iCat technology and how it can help your dentist individualize dental care for sleep apnea and TMJ, contact Dental Professionals of Vinings today. Call (PHONE NUMBER) to schedule an appointment with our TMJ and sleep apnea specialists.