Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea
OSA is a condition characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. These interruptions, often caused by a blocked airway, can last from several seconds to minutes and occur frequently throughout the night. This can lead to a host of health issues, including daytime fatigue, snoring, and more serious cardiovascular problems.
Mandibular Advancement Devices: The Game Changer
One of the leading treatments for OSA is the Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). Customized to fit over the teeth, MADs function by keeping the lower jaw in a forward position during sleep. By doing so, they help maintain an open airway, significantly reducing breathing interruptions.
While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy remains a standard treatment for OSA, it’s not always tolerated well by every patient. MADs offer a comfortable and effective alternative, especially for those with mild to moderate OSA.
The Effectiveness of MADs
Research has shown that MADs can reduce breathing pauses by up to 80%. Moreover, patients have reported improved sleep quality and a reduction in OSA symptoms, such as daytime fatigue and snoring.
Getting Started with Dental Sleep Medicine in Huntington Beach
If you believe you’re suffering from OSA or if CPAP therapy isn’t working for you, consult with your primary care physician or dentist. Located in Huntington Beach, Ford Dental Group specializes in dental sleep medicine and can provide a tailored treatment plan to address your specific needs. Starting with a detailed evaluation, impressions of your teeth will be taken to create a custom MAD. Once your device is ready, our experts will guide you on its proper use, ensuring optimal results.