Vestal Dental offers dental treatments to assist patients suffering from
sleep apnea. Dentists today play an important role in the approach to the
treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Buglione works with patients to
recognize, manage, and treat snoring and sleep apnea though the use of
contemporary dentistry methods, as well as provides information about oral
Snoring is a common breathing disorder that occurs during sleep and is often
considered to be simply a nuisance, however, it can be associated with more
serious condition known as obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Obstructive Sleep
Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of
the throat. This blocks the upper airway, causing air flow to stop. It is
characterized by repeated stoppages in breathing, each lasting seconds or
longer. OSA has been associated with daytime sleepiness, hypertension, and
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the soft tissue structures of the upper airway collapse
onto themselves and vibrate against each other as we attempt to move air
through them. This produces the sound we know as snoring. Large tonsils, a
long soft palate, a large tongue, the uvula, and excess fat deposits in the
throat all contribute to airway narrowing and snoring. Usually, the more
narrow the airway space, the louder or more habitual the snoring.
The presence or absence of obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), must be determined
before initiating treatment with oral appliances to identify those patients
at risk due to complications of sleep apnea and to provide a baseline to
establish the effectiveness of subsequent treatment.
In recent years, dental appliances have been used to treat snoring or mild
to moderate sleep apnea. Most of these appliances reposition the mandible
forward and slightly open the vertical dimension to keep the airways space
open during sleep. While several types of appliances appear to be effective,
it is important to select one that is comfortable, promoting patient
compliance and precisely fabricated so that pre-existing TMJ problems are
SomnoMed MAS Appliance: a precision appliance used to prevent snoring and
the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. For more
information, please visit: www.somnomed.com
For any questions or to schedule an appointment in our Vestal dental office,
please call 607.785.3339, or email us, and our staff will happy to assist you.
Vestal Dental Associates of Vestal NY is an implant, cosmetic, childrens, family and implant dental office, serving dental patients of the greater Southern Tier area, including those looking for family, general or implant dentists in Binghamton, Endicott, Apalachin, Owego, Johnson City, Endwell, Broome and Tioga, New York, including Susquehanna Counties (PA). Our Vestal dental office can protect and reveal your smile through a combination of general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Our cosmetic dentistry treatments include professional teeth whitening and bleaching, dental porcelain veneers, dental crowns and tooth colored fillings. As a Vestal New York dentist for children, our top Southern Tier dental practice provides a warm and caring dental office for children.
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