A t Rock Valley Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the latest treatments for sleep disordered breathing (SDB), airway development and prevention of SDB. Sleep disordered breathing comprises a variety of sleep problems and disorders including, snoring, upper airway resistance (UARS) syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). Today SDB affects up to 42 million adults in the United States alone, and it is estimated by the National institutes of Health that 50-70 million US adults have a sleep disorder. There are severe and fatal health consequences associated with SDB, and it is currently being reported as an epidemic. Up to 90% of people with OSA alone are not diagnosed.
Although dentists cannot diagnose sleep disorders, they are recognized as a primary screener for SDB. Many people are not aware that there is a link between dentistry, sleep and airway issues. Most SDB is caused by reduced airway space in the oral region and those with SDB have reduced breathing capacity due to either a collapsing or narrowing upper airway during the night and even during the day. At Rock Valley Dental we can see the signs and symptoms of sleep disordered breathing by evaluation of your oral space, breathing, and sleep patterns if necessary. We often work in collaboration with our patient’s physicians and/or sleep doctors, and we work to provide the best treatment option for your situation.
Sleep disorders are on the rise. It is estimated that nearly 75 percent of adult Americans experience sleep disorder symptoms at least a few nights per week. As many as 25 to 30 percent of infants and children also experience some form of sleep disturbances
Even more amazing, is that at Rock Valley Dental, we can recognize the early signs and symptoms of SDB in children. With this knowledge we can sooner treat and prevent SDB before it has the potential to become a worsened sleep disorder later in life (such as an end stage sleep disorder like sleep apnea). New less invasive and more natural treatment options are available for children including myofunctional therapy, Myobrace or Healthy Start oral appliance systems, early expansion therapy and nasal breathing strategies. These strategies allow natural development of the face and oral complex and are some of the best early intervention options for developing a healthy airway and consequently straight teeth without orthodontics.
In older children and adults who already suffer from SDB, such as UARS or OSA, Rock Valley can provide oral appliance therapy alone or in conjunction with myofunctional therapy. Oral appliance therapy is used to treat SDB by restoring airway competence. Dentists are the only health care provider with the knowledge and expertise to provide oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is recommended especially for those suffering from mild to moderate apnea and in severe apnea when CPAP treatment fails. Oral appliance therapy is currently is one of the best options to treat OSA.
Whatever your needs, Dr. Koth’s extensive training in airway orthodontic solutions and sleep can guide you towards the right treatment and management for your unique situation to ensure better sleep and optimal health and quality of life. Our research based, airway focused dental treatment is informative, integrative, and takes into account the whole individual.