Treating Sleep Disordered Breathing (SBD)
Until recently, it was thought that if you had sleep apnea your only option was to wear the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure device). Dr. Hartwell emphasizes that there is a place for the CPAP in treating certain patients, depending on the severity of the disease. However, most people prefer oral appliance therapy, which uses orthodontic like retainers to gently reposition the mandible forward. The device keeps the airways open and prevents snoring and the cessation of breathing while sleeping.
With on-par effectiveness to the CPAP for most patients, oral appliances are a great choice for those with mild to moderate OSA. Oral appliances are also recommended for those with severe OSA who are unable to tolerate a CPAP or prefer not to wear one.
As this is a medical condition, Dental Sleep Center of Hawaii only accepts medical insurance for treatment, meaning that this will not interfere with dental insurance in any way. Dr. Hartwell works closely with physicians who recognize the importance of diagnosing and treating OSA. People who suspect they, or a loved one, may have obstructive sleep apnea should contact their primary care physician, who will order tests to determine if a person has the condition and identify its severity. Following appropriate testing with a sleep study, your physician will refer you to Dental Sleep Center of Hawaii for oral appliance therapy if needed.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in learning more about dental treatment for snoring or sleep apnea, the next step is to call the office atto find out about our next informational talk story. Or, you may contact us by email using the form on this website’s Contact page.