How Can I Get Better Sleep?
How can orthodontists help improve your quality of sleep? Orthodontics allows our team to change lives. Sleep apnea treatment allows us to actually save lives. We have the ability to influence the nasal cavity, the position of the jaws, and the space for the tongue….ALL key factors that contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Almost ALL Sleep Apnea Dental Devices are actually Orthodontic Appliances used by us for decades.
We believe sleep apnea testing and treatment adds value to our patients’ lives. During orthodontic care is the perfect time to test for sleep apnea. Let us help improve the quality of your sleep and the quality of your life.
Sleep Apnea affects almost 40% of adults, who don’t even know it! Sleep Apnea has been linked to many disorders such as Stroke, Alzheimer, Dementia, Memory Loss, Mood Disorders, Diabetes, and Heart Attacks. And poor sleep contributes to a very high percentage of car related accidents and fatalities. That is why Dr. Ellis and Dr. Lindgren have gone through the extensive training to help treat this debilitating disease.
If you wake up tired on a regular basis, you may suffer from a sleep-related breathing disorder. Virginia Orthodontic Partners are a DreamSleep Certified Provider, meaning our staff has undergone extensive, hands-on training to screen for and treat sleep-related breathing disorder. Let us help you.
At Virginia Orthodontic Partners, we can screen your risk level with 8 easy questions.
Oral appliances are easy to use, silent, and comfortable compared to the CPAP alternative.
No need to go to a sleep lab to spend the night, you can test from the comfort of your own bed.
No face masks and tubes to fight with, the appliance is custom made to fit your mouth and needs.
Sleep Medicine FAQs
For children orthodontics is more than just straightening teeth, we have the ability to influence MANY factors that affect breathing for a patient, and that work can start as early as 7 years old.
For adults, snoring and sleep apnea are related to the position of the tongue relative to the throat. When the tongue impinges on the airway you get snoring, decreased oxygen intake, and eventual full airway blockage. This can lead to MANY other health disorders. Almost 40% of adults today are walking around with some form of UNDIAGNOSED Sleep Apnea.
Orthodontics allows us to change lives, Dental Sleep Medicine helps us to SAVE lives. Simply put – we offer sleep medicine because we care and because it matters. That’s why Dr. Ellis and Dr. Lindgren have gone the extra mile to become DreamSleeep Certified Providers in order to help fight this horrible disease.
Mild and Moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be effectively treated by a dentist using Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT uses a custom fitted dental appliance, similar to a nightguard, that holds your lower jaw in a forward position in order to ensure unrestricted airflow during sleep.
Do not mistake OAT with a drugstore snoreguard, which is not FDA approved for treating OSA and could make your condition worse. A properly fit device that is custom designed for the patient, delivered by a professional, and adjusted for your specific needs is KEY to the successful treatment and management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If you snore, stop breathing and gasp for air at night, or feel exhausted all the time, schedule a New Patient Screening Exam with Dr. Ellis and Dr. Lindgren to see what we can do for you.
Sleep Apnea is a condition that has been undiagnosed in almost 40% of the American population. 1 in 5 adults has mild OSA and 1 in 15 has moderate to severe. For individuals suffering with sleep apnea they experience a blockage of the airway at the tongue / throat level that obstructs the airflow to the lungs and transmission to the bodies vital organs.
- Pauses in breathing typically last ten seconds and in severe cases up to thirty seconds or more.
- Loud snoring or even gasping for air are a cardinal sign
- These events happen throughout the night and result in frequent awakening and severe sleep fragmentation.
DreamSleep providers receive the most extensive academic and clinical training in the industry. All DreamSleep providers must take a rigorous certification exam prior to treating actual patients. Once this certification is completed the clinician has the knowledge and skills needed to screen, test, and treat patients with all levels of obstructive sleep apnea with custom-made Dental Appliances.
Dr. Ellis and Dr. Lindgren have both completed this process and work very tightly with Board Certified Sleep Physicians to:
- Screen a patient in the office for their risk factor
- Administer an IN HOME Sleep Test (rather than having to go to a sleep lab)
- Treat a patient with the proper custom-made sleep appliance fit for their specific needs.
Our appliances are custom fit for each patient and are titrated to make sure the device is working optimally for you. Once we have your device dialed in we go the extra mile to retest you to make sure the device is delivering you a better night sleep.