WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield Smiles, the office of Dr. Adam Feret and Dr. Maral Regas, recently began offering a new treatment for sleep apnea that requires no surgery or invasive, noisy machine. Instead, they carry a custom device that comfortably moves the patient’s mandible and tongue forward when worn at night, making it easier to breathe.
The comfort, silence and ease of use of the device means patients are more likely to be compliant than they are with a traditional CPAP machine, Dr. Feret explained.
“We work with our patient’s medical doctor to and or a sleep center to diagnose sleep apnea,” Dr. Feret said. “If the gold standard of care, the CPAP machine, is not tolerated, or the patient’s condition is mild, sometimes only including snoring, we then work with the patient’s physician, ENT or pulmonologist to write a prescription for Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT.”
Sleep apnea can be a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous, as highlighted recently in news reports that train crashes may have been caused by the engineers’ untreated sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Explained
Snoring is the sound of a partially obstructed breathing during sleep and can be a sign of a more serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. When OSA occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway, which restricts the flow of oxygen and causes breathing interruptions.
The airway obstruction lasts until the brain partially awakens the sleep and unconsciously awakens for a gasp of air. Normal breathing eventually resumes, often with loud snoring. The awakenings and oxygen deprivation can trigger health problems such as chronic sleepiness and drowsiness, daytime fatigue, morning headaches, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, chronic fatigue, trouble concentrating, depression, early on-set Alzheimer’s, lowered metabolism and testosterone, sudden cardiac death and cancer.
Find Out More
Interested in learning more? Westfeld Smiles offers a free consultation and the device may be covered by your insurance.
Not all dentists have undergone the required training to offer these devices. It’s just one of the many ways Westfield Smiles goes above and beyond to provide patients with the most comprehensive dental care available.
If you’ve been neglecting your smile, now is a great time to visit Westfield Smiles to get on the track for better oral health. Click here to get a $10 “get acquainted” exam (a value of $225) and learn about their $99 a year membership plan.