Effective Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Treatment Options

It’s been suggested by recent research that oral appliance therapy is a viable treatment to correct everyday snoring and disruptive sleep disorders, like apnea. Worn only overnight, the mouthpiece fits similarly to a sports mouth guard. The mouthpiece keeps your bottom jaw pulled slightly outward which helps to keep your airway unobstructed and open. These oral mouthpieces are silent, easy to maintain and in some cases covered by your health insurance. Review all the options with your physician. If both of you agree that this therapy is the way to go, then you’ll receive a sleep apnea mouthpiece prescription and referral to a specialized dental professional. The dental professional will fit your mouthpiece specifically to your mouth. While there are many government approved oral aids, your doctor or dentist will suggest a mouthpiece that best suits your...
Is Your Snoring a Sign of a Serious Health Problem? [Update]

Is Your Snoring a Sign of a Serious Health Problem? [Update]

Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems in the United States. People snore when the soft tissues of the upper airway vibrate as you breathe during sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 90 million adults in the United States snore. There are many factors that can contribute to snoring and this can be a warning sign for serious sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea. We’ve put together a list of some of the top contributors that lead to snoring and ways to reduce its effects. An estimated 50% of those that snore also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. These tips can help to reduce snoring. That said, they are not a replacement for sleep apnea treatment. If you think you may have obstructive sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. Bogrow to find the treatment that will help you to reclaim your sleep. Sleep Position One major factor that can contribute to snoring is your sleep position. If you tend to sleep on your back, it may be one of the reasons you snore. When you sleep on your back, your tongue can collapse to the back of your throat, interfering with your breathing and causing you to snore. Some may find relief from snoring by sleeping on their side. Others may snore in any position. Heavy snoring, regardless of your sleeping position, is a sign that you should get tested for obstructive sleep apnea. Weight Your weight is another factor that may be contributing to your snoring. Obesity can cause extra tissue to develop around your neck which can then constrict your throat...

Oral Appliance to Treat Sleep Apnea

The Advantages Oral Appliance Therapy is the newest, non-invasive remedy that works for both men and women alike. An Oral appliance is comfortable to wear, very quiet, portable and easy to care for. Visiting the Dentist Your dentist will work with your sleep doctor in order to treat both snoring and sleep apnea. The initial consultation will revolve around discussing the benefits of this type of treatment, as well as any side effects and the total cost. If you decide to move forward, your dentist will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway. This may also include a new-x-ray of your mouth. Customizing your Oral Appliance in 3 Simple Steps There are two different ways to customize your oral appliance. The first is a digital scan and the second option is a physical impression. Both are reliable ways to properly fit the appliance for you, but the choice is up to what your doctor has in his office. After the impression (digital scan) is made, it will then be sent to a dental lab where the appliance will actually be created. The third and final step in this process is after your dentist receives the completed appliance back from the lab he will work with you to help adjust the fit to make it as comfortable as possible. During this visit, your dentist will explain and possibly show you how to properly clean and maintain your appliance. Take our Free Sleep Apnea Assessment...

Oral Appliance Therapy Guideline Released

The Guideline, jointly issued by the AADSM and AASM, is great news for both patients who are CPAP intolerant, and dentists who deliver Dental Sleep Medicine. This Guideline is great news for patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as it endorses a more collaborative approach between the dental and medical communities. The Guideline specifically supports a qualified dentist fabricating a custom, titrate-able device, once a sleep physician prescribes an oral appliance for the treatment of OSA. AADSM President Kathleen Bennett, DDS. states “Communication and teamwork between sleep physicians and dentists are essential in delivering exceptional patient care. The new Guideline paves the way for a more collaborative relationship, which underscores the indispensable role a dentist plays in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Earl K Bogrow DDS is a Diplomate of the prestigious American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and now dedicates his practice exclusively to Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA &...

2014 Make-A-Wish 300 Mile Bicycle Ride

  Dr. Bogrow participated in the Make-A- Wish 300 mile bicycle ride July 25-27. This is the 8th consecutive year I have rode in honor of my niece Lily who is one of the success cases in which after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2007 and several surgeries and chemotherapy later is now a healthy 16 year old High School senior. This year the 950 riders raised over $2 million dollars for Make -A-Wish kids in Michigan with life threatening conditions. You could also go to wishamile.org website to get more detailed info about the...