Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment by a Board-Certified Dentist in Highland, IN
Dental sleep medicine is an area of Dr. Lipton’s practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Lipton is board certified to provide this treatment, one of only 260 in the world to hold this distinction, and has helped many patients alleviate health issues caused by this condition.
With sleep apnea therapy in Highland, IN, Dr. Lipton is able to help patients enjoy more restful sleep and better overall wellness with the use of a simple oral appliance.
Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Highland
Sleep apnea can be dangerous for your total-body health, contributing to weight gain, high blood pressure, prolonged fatigue, and risk of stroke, as well as dental problems, such as teeth grinding. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat while asleep, which blocks air passageways and perpetuates the cycle of waking yourself over and over again from an inability to breathe throughout the night.
Dr. Lipton helps alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea, which can also include loud snoring, by focusing on the connection between oral health and body health. While patients may not realize it, their teeth and mouth can provide indicators of overall health issues. Part of our responsible care approach to sleep apnea therapy seeks to keep your teeth healthy and prevent long-term health issues from developing or worsening as a result of poor dental health and sleep disordered breathing issues.
Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances and CPAP
To prevent soft tissues from collapsing over air passageways at the back of the mouth, Dr. Lipton can fit patients with a small, comfortable, and portable oral appliance. This appliance looks like a retainer or athletic mouth guard and is designed to position the jaw slightly forward – a simple gesture that prevents soft tissue from covering air passageways while your sleep. This appliance also covers teeth and protects against the negative effects of teeth grinding caused by sleep breathing issues.
Examples of Oral Appliances
In treating sleep apnea from his Highland dental office, Dr. Lipton works with your physician to identify the best treatment for each patient. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) sets the standard that sleep physicians consider prescription oral appliances, rather than no treatment, for adult patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy or prefer alternate therapy. While CPAP is effective in treating sleep apnea, by pushing a stream of air through passageways, the appliance can be bulky, causes dry mouth, and is uncomfortable to use and wear for some patients.