Snoring & Obstructive Sleep Apnea
How To Treat And Manage Snoring and/or Sleep Apnea
Dr. Offenback is trained to help treat and manage your snoring and/or sleep apnea. He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine; an association of dentists who help patients control Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and to stop snoring. Many patients, who have been previously diagnosed with this disease, may already own a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. This is the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment for patients who have severe OSA. The problem is, long term patient compliance to sleep apnea treatment is very limited. Since the CPAP is so bulky, most patients don’t like it and find it burdensome to use outside their home if they are travelling.
Facts About Sleep Apnea
- One in two adults snore
- One in four adults have sleep apnea (periods of not breathing)
- Fewer than 10% have been diagnosed
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) increases risks of:
- Heart Attack
- Chronic Fatigue
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Gastric Reflux or GERD
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
Treatment Options for Snoring and/or Sleep Apnea
Dr. Offenback helps patients control OSA and snoring through the use of oral appliance therapy (OAT). This treatment is ideal for those with mild to moderate OSA. If you have trouble tolerating your CPAP, and you still need an effective alternative for living with sleep apnea, or if you need a quiet nights rest due to your partner snoring, talk to Dr. Offenback about an oral appliance therapy device..
Home Sleep Tests and/or Hospital-based Sleep Centers are available to help diagnose the severity of your OSA. A simple screening questionnaire will help determine your needs. So many people go undiagnosed, even Dr. Offenback was surprised at his high numbers! That’s why he is screening patients for this often ignored disease.