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Monday, November 16, 2009

Dr. Patel Case Study - Danny's Story

Danny's Story

"My teeth were okay overall but had a gap between my teeth that bothered me. I always thought it was too noticeable and it made me self-conscious. Dr. Patel quickly and gently filled the space with bonding, and to make things even better, he also whitened my smile. Not only do my teeth feel good now- I love not thinking about or feeling that gap-but my smile also looks great and the procedure was really comfortable. I would definitely recommend this procedure to anyone… and I would recommend this office too. they are all so nice and friendly and the office location is very convenient."

Procedures Performed: Dental Bondings, Teeth Whitening, General Dental Care

You think you may have a Sleeping Disorder, now What?

We recommend you go to a sleep specialist and undergo an overnight sleep study. Through the use of various sophisticated physiological monitors, your heart rate, breathing, brain waves, muscle activity and grinding activity can all be measured and recorded. The results will be analyzed, and the sleep center will then determine if your sleep apnea is mild, moderate or severe, and advise you on the proper courses of further treatment.

What to Expect When You Visit Our Office

Your initial consultation will be complimentary and will consist of reviewing your completed sleep study results and discussing your dental appliance options based on a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, TMJ and with the possible need for x-rays of your jaw joints. It will also consist of impressions/dental molds and photos, from which you may be fitted with a dental appliance, if chosen to do so.

At your next visit, we will choose an appliance based on our examinations. We will show you how to place the appliance in your mouth, how to care for it and how to use it. We will check with you in a few weeks to make sure you are comfortable with your appliance and wearing it regularly. To ensure that the device is actually effective in treating your snoring or sleep apnea condition, it is possible that we will be referring you back to your physician or sleep specialist for a follow-up sleep lab.

We will then see you at regular intervals several months apart to maintain and to adjust the appliance, when necessary, so that it remains effective.

Schedule an Appointment

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, or if your spouse notices that you have stoppage of breathing, gasps, choking and snorting, then you should be in contact with the appropriate physician and/or sleep specialist. For help in finding the correct sleep specialist in your area to help with these sleeping disorders, you may contact our office for referrals.

If you desire Austin Snoring Treatment, either as a new patient or as a patient in which all other procedures have failed, and you wish to try a dental sleep appliance, please contact our office. We will work with you, your physician and the sleep center in properly fitting and fabricating your dental appliance.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dental Sleep Appliances & How Austin Dentist Dr. Patel can help with Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The American Sleep Disorders Association adopted a resolution, which accepted dental appliance therapy for the treatment for snoring and for mild to even severe cases of sleep apnea, in cases in which the snorer rejects or can’t comply with the CPAP.

Studies have shown that advancing the mandible (lower jaw) with dental seep appliances may provide relief from snoring by physically pulling the tongue forward and out of the airway. As simple as this would appear, there are a number of significantly relevant ideas that enter into this picture. An appliance needs to be fabricated that will be worn every night that will not compromise the TMJ, the teeth or the soft tissue. It will be easy to keep bacteria-free and will not disturb your sleep partner, all while remaining comfortable for the wearer.

The appliance that we use which meets all of the criteria that has been mentioned for an ideal appliance is called SomnoDent ® MAS.

SomnoDent ® MAS Features and Benefits of the SomnoDent ® MAS include:

  • Permits normal mouth opening and closing
  • Allows speech and drinking
  • Unrestricted tongue space
  • Full lip-seal
  • Easily adjustable
  • Safe and effective
  • Clinically validated
  • Custom-Fit

What is the SomnoDent ® MAS

The SomnoDent ® MAS is a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) that treats mild, moderate and severe OSA by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction while you sleep. The SomnoDent ® MAS also prevents the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating as air passes over them, which is the major cause of snoring.

The SomnoDent ® MAS is comfortable and easy to wear. The appliance uses the least amount of material possible, reducing bulkiness in the mouth. It is made up of two separately constructed pieces, which allows you to speak, yawn and drink. The design does not limit tongue space which results in a high comfort level with the SomnoDent ® MAS.

The SomnoDent ® MAS is a highly effective solution, for the majority of patients suffering from OSA. Its exceptional levels of patient acceptance and compliance as well as treatment efficiency are backed by numerous counts of clinical research, which can be found at somnomed.com.

Customization and Durability

The SomnoDent ® MAS is a custom-made appliance with a number of key features that are significant improvements from other oral appliances. Consisting of upper and lower dental plates with a unique patented fin-coupling component, the SomnoDent ® MAS permits normal mouth opening and closing. The appliance also provides adjustable level of lower jaw advancement. This improves the comfort and effectiveness of treatment, as the jaw is moved only as far as is required to treat the condition.

The SomnoDent ® MAS is made from premium materials to ensure durability. Each appliance is manufactured in a FDA registered facility under quality systems designed to meet FDA requirements. Your SomnoDent ® MAS will pass a quality check to guarantee that you are receiving a custom appliance made to your Doctor’s specification. The SomnoDent ® MAS comes with a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects. However, proper care and maintenance of your appliance should result in a long life of comfortable and effective use.

Facts About Sleep Apnea

Did You Know?

• 87 million Americans snore. 40 million Americans are chronic sufferers of sleep disorders. But only 10% have been treated or diagnosed.
• There are an estimated 18 million, approximately 1 in 15, Americans who suffer from sleep apnea to some degree.
• 40-80% of stroke victims also suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
• People with OSA are 4 times more likely to have a heart attack.
• Patients who have OSA use CPAP for less than five hours per night on average.
• If you have OSA, you are twice as likely to die in your sleep and 7 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.
• OSA patients are at a 40% greater risk of having depression,
• Individuals with OSA are also more likely to have sexual impotence and develop diabetes.
• 91% of patients reported substantial improvement in sleep quality with the SomnoDent ® MAS Oral Appliance.
• 96% of patients with proven OSA stated that they would like to continue to use the SomnoDent ® MAS Oral Appliance.

Here’s some questions to ask yourself:

• Do you and your partner sleep in separate rooms due to loud snoring?
• Do you doze off unintentionally during the day?
• Do you often wake up feeling tired or having a headache?
• Do you have problems concentrating for long periods of time?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be suffering from Sleep Apnea. Contact our Austin dental office at 512-263-8337 and we can help you find a sleep physician to help evaluate if you truly have a Sleep Disorder.