Snoring Problems? Sleep Problems?
Your Dentist and Restafy Can Help
If your dentist detects signs of sleep apnea, they will recommend you take a home sleep test. You and your dentist can work with Restafy to identify if you’re a candidate that can benefit from oral appliance therapy. With the Plus package, you can get to the bottom of your problems and get started treating them.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can receive a prescription (if indicated) for an oral appliance therapy device that your dentist will fit you with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the role of the dentist in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Dentists screen patients for obstructive sleep apnea and then refer them to Restafy to obtain an independent home sleep test. If the results of the home sleep test indicate that you have obstructive sleep apnea, you will receive a prescription for treatment during your consultation with a Board Certified Sleep Physician. Your dentist can then help you with oral appliance therapy if indicated.
Q: What are the common signs and risk factors of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
Common signs of OSA include snoring, pauses in breathing, choking sounds, awakening gasping for breath, memory problems, morning headaches, excessive daytime sleepiness, and irritability. Risk factors for OSA include a misaligned jaw, a narrow airway, large neck circumference, obesity, hypothyroidism, and a family history of OSA.
Q. What is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) for Sleep Apnea?
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) uses a mouth guard-like device in which you wear while sleeping. The purpose is to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by supporting the jaw in a forward position to minimize snoring and other symptoms of sleep apnea.
- OAT is an excellent option for many people who suffer from snoring.
- OAT is used to reduce symptoms of mild to moderate sleep apnea.
- Patients find OAT devices more comfortable and easier to use than CPAP.
- OAT Devices are also:
- Completely silent
- Easy to clean
- Small and easy to travel with
- Each device is unique and custom fit for your mouth – similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer.
Q: What is the difference between continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and oral appliance therapy?
CPAP therapy requires that you wear a mask connected to a machine that delivers air pressure that keeps the airway open during sleep. Oral appliance therapy requires that you wear a custom mouth guard while sleeping to help keep the airway open during sleep.
Q: What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy over other treatment methods?
Patients often prefer oral appliances over CPAP therapy. Oral appliances are comfortable, quiet, and easy to travel with.