Alleviate Symptoms Through Dental Treatment
Most sleep apnea treatments involve surgery or a a mask that fits over the nose and mouth (called a CPAP breathing device). There is a large and growing number of patients who either cannot tolerate a CPAP or simply don’t use it.
However, there is another option: the Oral Sleep Device (OSD). The OSD is a dental appliance that repositions the jaw to open the airway for breathing, thus allowing for sounder sleep. Each one is specifically designed and fabricated for each patient. The dental approach to treating snoring and sleep apnea is receiving a great deal of research attention and has been shown to be effective for people with mild to moderate levels of sleep apnea. Donaldson & Guenther has successfully fitted these oral sleep devices for several years.
Dr. Kristin Guenther has extensive training in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea. She regularly works with sleep physicians and knows how to choose from a variety of appliances and approaches to help her patients.
One option is the SomnoMed appliance, which fits to both upper and lower jaws. Adjustment controls the extent of forward lower-jaw position, while the vertical fins permit freedom to open and move the jaw. Dr. Guenther also uses several other appliances depending upon patient needs.