Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Brian Childs, DDS, FICOI, FAGD & Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

How do you treat sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder that can cause your blood oxygen level to drop significantly as you sleep. This occurs because your airway is obstructed, making it difficult to breathe easily. Traditional treatment for OSA is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Mask that forces the airway to stay open using pressurized air.

The problem with the CPAP mask is that it is cumbersome to wear, and many patients resist using it for this reason. This is a serious problem because the mask is designed to restore normal breathing, and if it’s not worn, the patient is not being protected against the dangers of sleep apnea.

In response to this problem, dental technology has designed a simple oral appliance to help keep oxygen flowing freely as you sleep. Childs and Childs Dentistry is committed to your oral health as well as your overall safety and well being. If you suffer from OSA, we can create one of these small devices that is custom-made to fit over your front teeth. It works by moving your jaw forward to keep your airway open.

Call your doctor to obtain a referral to participate in a sleep study or call our office and make an appointment where we will evaluate your airway with our C.T. scanning machine and refer you to one of our medical colleagues for a sleep study. Please note that not all OSA patients are candidates for this oral appliance.