Do you think you have sleep apnea?
Signs and Symptoms
Is the CPAP living under your bed or in the back of the closet?
Have tried CPAP therapy but just cannot tolerate the machine, the noise, the mask, or the inconvenience of traveling with the CPAP machine?
Are you tired all the time?
While you are sleeping, it is best to breath through your nose. Your nose will moisten and warm the air to body temperature. Do you know if you stop taking breaths for 10 seconds or longer? Do you awaken suddenly with a ‘start’? This is sleep apnea.
Do you snore or wake up frequently at night?
Snoring is a very strong sign that you may have sleep apnea. It doesn’t mean that you definitely have it, but it is a very good indicator. On the other hand, you may have sleep apnea even if you don’t snore.
Can children have sleep apnea?
Yes, it is not uncommon for children to have sleep apnea. Treatments include early braces to help permanent teeth erupt in the proper position as well as the removal of tonsils.
Do you have TMJ?
There is a strong relationship between sleep apnea and TMJ. Often, we are able to relieve and eliminate TMJ problems by treating the sleep apnea.
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Did you know there is an alternative to the CPAP therapy?
You may know people with sleep apnea and you know about the sleep studies, the CPAP machine and you want no part of it. Well, good news. Today, with recent advances, sleep studies can be done from the comfort of your own home and if you are diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, FDA registered oral appliances are available and may be used to treat sleep apnea when administered by a qualified dentist trained in Dental Sleep Medicine.
What are Oral Appliances and how do they work?
Oral appliances are very much like wearing a night guard or orthodontic retainer. Some describe them as being like an athletic mouthguard. The bottom line is that they are comfortable and relatively non-intrusive. There are currently over 200 FDA approved appliances. Dr. Levy uses about a dozen of them and chooses the right one for you based on a number of factors such as degree of snoring, mouth size, etc. While the principle behind these appliances is not new, they all do the same thing: move the lower jaw forward so as to open the airway and unblock your windpipe. Multiple studies in medical journals have shown that oral appliances are better tolerated by patients than CPAP therapy and they have a far better compliance rate.
If you feel you or someone you love may suffer from sleep apnea, or you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Dr. Levy for a screening consultation.
Meet Dr. Mark Levy, Sleep Apnea Specialist
Dr. Mark Levy has used oral appliance therapy to treat sleep disordered breathing since 2005 in the Central Ohio area. He has treated thousands of cases, ranging from the simplest to the most complex and provides oral appliances as an alternative to or in combination therapy with CPAP.
As a member of both the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, Dr. Levy has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education, assuring you an exceptional level of education, training, and experience in the use of oral appliances.
Dr. Levy also lectured to healthcare providers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia and has plans to continue to teach abroad, bringing awareness of obstructive sleep apnea to the Russian medical community.
Meet Dr. Slabach
Dawne Slabach, DDS is committed to providing compassionate care to all patients. Her passion for TMJ disorders, sleep-disordered breathing and orthodontics all stem from her own experiences with all three areas of care.
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3. Pick up your oral appliance
2. Consult with Dr. Levy or Dr. Slabach
During your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Levy or Dr. Slabach and ask any questions you may have. His vast experience in this field will be apparent. If deemed appropriate, records will be taken at this visit.
4. Get the best sleep of your life!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why Oral Appliances?
Why do we snore?
How do I safely clean my Oral Appliance?
Sleep is a vital component of every person’s health and well-being, especially for sleep apnea patients using an oral device to get adequate sleep. We recently received questions from patients about the safeguards one can take to properly disinfect their device and how to avoid potential misuse that could damage the device. To help clarify how to use the device properly and prevent damage to the device we have put together this resource so users can wear their device every night with confidence.
Is it normal for children to snore?
No. Snoring is not normal for children. They should be evaluated to determine the cause of snoring and its consequences for your child. There are several ways to correct this condition when it is deemed necessary.
Do men snore more than women?
Snoring and apnea are more frequent in men than in women until women near menopause. Hormonal changes and weight gain can result in increased snoring and incidences of sleep apnea.
What about snoring that keeps the whole house awake?
My bed partner stops breathing and gasps for air at night. What is this?
So exactly what is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea really that dangerous?
I hear the CPAP therapy is the best treatment for sleep apnea. Why should I look at oral appliances?
CPAP has been around a long time for treating obstructive sleep apnea. In many cases, it works well. However, with long term compliance rates hovering at about 25%, there are a lot of diagnosed patients who are left untreated. In addition to patients who simply refuse to wear CPAPs, the acceptable compliance rate for CPAP therapy is 4 hours per night, 5 night per week. That’s a total of only 20 hours of sleep per week! Getting a good night’s sleep is so important to our overall health and if you are only getting 20 hours of restful sleep per week, you are walking around exhausted. Many of Dr. Levy’s patients have also had the surgery called UPPP which has limited usefulness with many patients. Long term success rates are just hovering at around 40% with many patients having relapses a year or two after surgery. Medical research has shown that oral appliance therapy is very effective for mild and moderate sleep apnea, and very helpful for CPAP intolerant patients who are considered severe cases.
I have seen snoring appliances on TV. Do they work? Why should I see a dentist if I can buy it on the internet?
There are no ‘boil and bite’ (over the counter) mouthpieces that are FDA approved to treat sleep apnea. While they may reduce snoring for a short while initially, they tend to cause jaw and teeth pain as well as TMJ.