Snoring is often more than just an annoying sleep habit that keeps you and your family awake at night. It can be the sign of an undiagnosed sleep disorder that goes beyond disrupting a good night’s rest and may be putting your overall health at risk. If you snore, it is important to diagnose and address the underlying cause to restore a restful night of sleep and reduce the risks associated with sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
Annapolis dentist Dr. Djawdan offers treatment for patients who snore that is convenient, comfortable and designed to restore your sleep and your health. The CPAP is considered the gold standard of treatment for those suffering with OSA, but compliance, and therefore lasting results, is often low due to the discomfort and inconvenience associated with its use. Dr. Djawdan offers oral appliance therapy with a custom fit Somnomed device that will effectively position the jaw to prevent the collapse of soft tissue in the throat that leads to snoring and other side effects of a sleep disorder.
The Somnomed oral appliance looks and fits much like a sports mouth guard, enabling the wearer to speak clearly and drink fluids while in place. It is made of a smooth, comfortable material that resists bacteria and does not irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.
Dentistry and Sleep Apnea
As a dentist, Dr. Djawdan has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the structures and function of the soft tissues of the mouth. He works with patients who not only suffer with the lifestyle affects of a sleep disorder but the oral health aspects which often include dry mouth and jaw pain. A discussion with Dr. Djawdan about your lifestyle habits, overall health and medical history can play an important role in accurately diagnosing and treating a sleep disorder. It is not uncommon for patients with a sleep disorder to unknowingly grind their teeth and clench their jaw during the night as a natural response to the collapsing tissue at the back of the throat.
Treating sleep apnea is important for many reasons, including restoring dental health and restful sleep. For patients who are overweight or obese, OSA can contribute to their already increased risk for heart disease, stroke and systemic disease such as diabetes. Dr. Djawdan can help you improve your overall health and restore a better quality of life with oral appliance therapy. To discuss your personal concerns and learn more about how this treatment option can address your snoring, schedule an appointment with Dr. Djawdan in Annapolis.