| DO YOU SNORE?|
Trouble Sleeping? Do you snore? Having trouble wearing a CPAP machine? You may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and/or snoring, which are very common sleep disorders that can dramatically affect your life in a very negative way. You may be a candidate for a MAS, mandibular advancement splint, or oral appliance.
Did you know?
Clinical research www.somnomed.com for full copies of these studies.
- 40-80 % of stroke victims also suffer from OSA.
- People with OSA are 4 times more likely to have a heart attack.
- Patients with OSA use CPAP for less than five hours per night on average.
- If you have OSA, you are twice as likely to die in your sleep and 7 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident.
- OSA patients are at a 40% greater risk of having depression.
- Individuals with OSA are also more likely to have sexual impotence and develop diabetes.
Dr Kelcey Rhodes has been doing extensive training with sleep appliance therapy, and working with sleep doctors in Pierce County in treating this life threatening disease. “There are so many of my patients that are having trouble feeling rested and are sleepy during the day, and now we have a solution.” If you suffer from daytime sleepiness, snoring, gasping for air at night, or just daytime fatigue, you may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. You can now be screened in our office with a comfortable at home sleep test. Or if you already use CPAP and are not tolerating it well, you may qualify for an oral appliance. The important issue is that this is a life threatening, debilitating problem and it is important to get a sleep specialist involved and find out if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy.
What is an oral appliance? Dr Rhodes uses the SomnoDent MAS. It is a custom appliance that has two separate retainer-like pieces that fit on your upper and lower teeth. These retainer-like pieces treat mild to moderate OSA and snoring by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction
while you sleep. This device virtually eliminates snoring, and may drastically decrease sleep apnea leaving you feeling rested, and not getting that “elbow from your bed partner” because of snoring. Check out these YouTube videos:
Please set up a sleep consult today with Dr Kelcey Rhodes.
A Peek at our office