Prior to prescribing any kind of treatment program for sleep apnea, it will be necessary to conduct a sleep study, so that the severity of the patient’s symptoms can be determined. Your DSM Solutions team know that many patients having moderate to severe symptoms will be helped by the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, while patients with mild to moderate symptoms may only need a dental device.
Types of dental appliances
In Dr. Greenman’s experience, the two most common types of dental appliances are mandibular advancement devices (MAD’s) and Tongue Retaining Mouthpieces (TRM’s), both of which promote normal breathing during sleep. Many patients prefer using these devices because they are simpler and more comfortable to wear than CPAP equipment, and they are more portable as well. However, they are largely more useful for acute to moderate cases, as heavy OSA patients may require the level of controlled breathing administered by a CPAP machine.
Do you know what to look for in OSA patients?
If you want to get started on the benefits of practicing dental sleep apnea, make sure to contact the DSM Solutions team to schedule an appointment for consultation. We offer training for every level of practice so that both you and your patients can benefit.