Gary Liberati Dentistry

What is

SLEEP APNEA

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Intermittent airflow blockage during sleep. a sleep disorder that involves cessation or significant decrease in airflow in the presence of breathing effort. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep.

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Obstructive sleep apnea

Warning Signs

  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
  • Dry mouth or sore throat when you wake up
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Trouble concentrating, forgetfulness, depression, or irritability
  • Night sweats
  • Restlessness during sleep
  • Problems with sex
  • Snoring
  • Waking up suddenly and feeling like you're gasping or choking
  • Trouble getting up in the mornings

Obstructive sleep apnea

Symptoms in Children

  • Bed-wetting
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding
  • Restlessness in bed
  • Problems at school
  • Choking or drooling
  • Sweating a lot at night
  • Rib cage moves inward when they exhale
  • Learning and behavior disorders
  • Sluggishness or sleepiness (often misinterpreted as laziness in the classroom)
  • Pauses or absence of breathing
  • Unusual sleeping positions, such as sleeping on the hands and knees, or with the neck hyperextended
 
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Steps to Treatment

HOW WE HELP


Sleep Study

If you have already undergone a sleep study we move right to the evaluation, but if you haven’t had one yet, we can help.  We accommodate at home sleep studies where you will have your pillow, your bed to keep you comfortable. 

20 Minute Evaluation

Beyond a standard oral evaluation we also do a snoring analysis. We are going to see why you snore by, well making you snore.  This analysis determines if and how you would be helped by our device.

Apparatus

We create a custom-fit device by making an impression of your teeth, we send it to the lab, and they will make your personalized device.  We will ensure a proper fit in our office once the mouthpiece is developed.

Monitoring

Once you are using your device we will have you back to the office to check on the progress.  Our half hour process is to ensure the device is working properly for you and that your sleep is improving.

RESULTS

There has been great success.  One patient reported that they could not sleep for more than 2 hours at a time; being up all night drains your energy.  After using our non-CPAP sleep apnea device they now get a full nights rest, uninterrupted.

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