Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when air cannot flow through a person’s airway, even as their efforts to breathe continue. These episodes of breathing obstruction can disrupt sleep, which can cause daytime drowsiness. Sleep apnea can contribute to cardiac problems. Since OSA is a serious medical condition, it must be diagnosed by a physician. Dr. Adel’s diagnosis is based on the results of an overnight sleep study, which can now be performed in the comfort of your own bed – Home Sleep Study (HSS). Other factors in diagnosing OSA include a patient evaluation and medical history. Good hygiene, weight loss, and exercise are some helpful OSA remedies a patient can practice on their own. However, medical and dental treatments include continuous positive airway pressure, oral appliance therapy, and surgery. Oral appliances reposition the jaw and tongue, moving them forward during sleep. This helps keep the airway open, reduces or eliminates snoring and minimizes obstructive sleep apnea. This will result in more restful nights, less daytime fatigue, and the prevention of other medical issues.

Oral appliances are worn in the mouth to treat snoring and OSA. These devices are similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth guards. Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, design, fitting, and use of a custom-designed oral appliance that is worn during sleep. This appliance keeps the patient’s airway unobstructed. There are many different oral appliances available. Approximately 40 appliances have been approved through the FDA for treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. These oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other OSA treatments. Treatment could include improving general health, weight management, surgery, or the use of a CPAP machine. Oral appliances work by repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula, stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue, and increasing the muscle tone of the tongue.

To learn about sleep apnea options in beautiful downtown Alachua, Florida, schedule a consultation with Dr. Adel by calling our office at 386-462-4635.