During normal sleep certain muscles that control the soft palate and tongue allow the airway to be open for proper breathing. If the muscles relax, the airway narrows, limiting air flow as one breathes. Your soft tissue may vibrate, as air passes over the soft palate, which is known as snoring. The airway may collapse further and become blocked if the muscles relax too much. The collapse of the soft tissue is called Obstructive Apnea. This may occur for ten seconds or more and cause interrupted and unrestful sleep.
Loud snoring and choking or gasping for breath
Unalert and impaired concentration
Driving and work-related accidents
Schedule an initial appointment with Dr. Aveni, which involves a complimentary examination and simple questionnaire. If further information is required, you will be referred for an overnight Sleep Study which is called a Polysomnogram. This is conducted and monitored by a specially trained Sleep Physician.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea [OSA] is treated by the use of a C-PAP Machine, which keeps a flow of air for positive airway pressure for unobstructed breathing. C-PAP is the "gold standard" in therapy for significant OSA, but if one has trouble wearing a C-PAP mask, an appliance is made by Dr. Aveni to move the lower jaw [mandible], slightly forward. By moving the mandible forward, the appliance tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the airway and helps to prevent its collapse and obstruction. The name of the appliance is the Mandibular Advancement Splint [MAS].SNORING is also treated with the MAS by preventing the soft tissues of the upper airway from vibrating, as air passes over them.
Dr. Aveni is a trained Sleep Dentist and will work with the Sleep Physician as part of the team in your diagnosis, treatment, and care. He is trained in making all appliances and adjustments in the treatment of OSA and Snoring.
This treatment for OSA and Snoring is usually billed under Medical Insurance for medical durable equipment. A portion of the cost is most often covered for the Mandibular Advancement Splint. Our office is most helpful in handling the claims and providing the proper coding for Oral Appliance Therapy. It is most important that one understands that treatment of OSA is a necessity for a long, healthy and productive life.
Sleep, breathe, live better! Our quality contructed units permit normal mouth opening and closing and are incrementally adjustable. They are comfortable and clinically demonstrated with upper edentulous or completely edentulous patients. Each unit is a completely customizable device.