Our Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Restore Your Sleep
When you think about it, sleep and technology are two things that don’t seem to mix. Sleeping might be the most low-tech thing we do, and we know that looking at technology screens that emit blue light can disrupt your sleep. Nonetheless, at Sleep Easy Dentistry, we rely on innovative technology to give us unique insights into your airway and the sleep disorder you may be experiencing.
The Limits of Visual Examination
During your initial consultation at Sleep Easy, Dr. Osborne or one of our other highly qualified team members will spend some time going over your symptoms and examining your mouth and face for anatomical characteristics that can signify sleep apnea.
While this visual examination is important, it does not tell us much when it comes to any internal anatomical structures that may be affecting your sleep quality. Luckily for our patients, we have a secret weapon: CT Cone Beam Technology*.
What is Cone Beam Technology?
Our CT Cone Beam digital scanner allows us to create a three-dimensional scan of our patients’ airways. This helps us spot internal characteristics of your airway that may be contributing to snoring or sleep apnea. For example, we can see the shape and size of your airway at different points in your head and neck. Even better, our office is lucky to have a CT Cone Beam digital scanner on site, so you don’t have to take any additional time out of your busy schedule!
Relying on the Experts
Of course, simply creating a 3D picture of your airway does not automatically generate insight as to what’s causing your sleep issues. Our office sends each Cone Beam CT digital scan to the oral and maxillofacial radiologists at BeamReaders. Once we get the report from the experts, Dr. Osborne and our team can begin considering next steps.
After viewing the 3D Cone Beam Scan and your report from BeamReaders, Dr. Osborne might determine that an oral appliance** is the most effective way to treat your sleeping issues. This appliance fits over your teeth and subtly adjusts your jaw into the optimal position during sleep, allowing your airway to work effectively.
In the past, we fit these oral appliances by taking time-consuming molds and sending them away to a lab. Now, our team uses an intraoral scanner to digitally scan each individual tooth. We send this information to the oral appliance manufacturer which 3D prints your customized oral appliance and sends it to our office in just a few weeks. Not only is this method quicker, it is more accurate!
To learn more about the innovative technology we use at Sleep Easy or to ask our team any questions, call our office today at (210) 202-0692.
About Sleep ApneaWhile it might seem unusual to go to the dentist for issues with your sleep, the connection is a natural one! Not only do dentists care for your teeth and gums, but they also care for your mouth and airway. At Sleep Easy Dentistry, Dr. Osborne and the rest of our team use our cutting-edge technology and dental expertise to help treat obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and other sleep disorders.
Because sleep disorders are such serious conditions, we believe in a comprehensive approach when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. With that in mind, our team works hard to build relationships with medical professionals in other disciplines in San Antonio and the surrounding area to ensure that our patients receive quality care throughout their sleep journey.
Collaboration Results in Better Care
We know that effectively treating sleep disorders often requires collaborative care from a multi-disciplinary team of medical professionals. This allows our patients to benefit from different areas of expertise. Our staff works closely with both otolaryngologists (also known as Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians) and sleep medicine doctors. This collaboration ensures that you receive the necessary care to get the good sleep you deserve.
Once we determine that a patient may be experiencing sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, we refer them to a sleep medicine doctor. There, our patients often have a sleep study. The results of the sleep study provide us with key information that allows us to pinpoint the right treatment. Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, this additional information allows us to provide individualized care to our patients.
While Dr. Osborne and our team use sleep dentistry to help treat your lower airway, occasionally we have patients experiencing obstructions in their upper airway. In this case, we turn to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician. ENTs can diagnose and treat any issues with your upper airway (your nose, nasal passage, sinuses, pharynx, and part of your larynx).
We never refer our patients to a new specialist without being sure that their standard of care matches our own. This way, you can rest easy knowing that you’re in good hands throughout your treatment. If your partner constantly complains about your snoring, you feel tired no matter how much rest you get, or you experience any of these symptoms*, don’t waste another day without contacting Sleep Easy Dentistry.
To ask our team any questions or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (210) 628-9621.
The need for sleep is universal – it allows your body to heal, your mind to function at its peak, and hopefully keeps you from feeling cranky and tired when you wake up! Unfortunately, around 20 million Americans do not receive the full benefits of a good night’s sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At Sleep Easy Dentistry, we want to change this! Our goal is to help patients in the San Antonio area who suffer from OSA improve their quality of life by restoring their sleep.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a severe breathing disorder where breathing stops and starts during sleep. This breathing disruptions occur when the muscles and structures in the back of your throat relax and collapse into your airway, cutting off your air supply. Some people may snort, choke, gasp, or have another breathing disruption over thirty times an hour while sleeping. If you notice that you are fatigued throughout your day no matter how much sleep you get, you’ve been told you snore loudly, or you experience some of these symptoms*, you may have OSA.
Who Is at Risk for OSA?
While there are some factors that can increase your risk, anyone can develop obstructive sleep apnea. Generally, folks who are overweight, have high blood pressure, or have chronic nasal congestion have a higher risk of developing OSA. Asthma, smoking, diabetes, and being male are also qualities that may increase your odds of having OSA.
Do Men and Women Experience the Same OSA Symptoms?
A 2013 UCLA study demonstrated that women are less likely than men to be diagnosed with OSA. The study found that women with OSA were more likely to report fatigue, anxiety, and depression while men reported gasping for air or loud snoring. Regardless, if you think you suffer from OSA, it is important to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Because OSA affects the flow of oxygen to your brain, it can lead to serious health problems.
If any of the symptoms listed above sound familiar and you believe you might have OSA, don’t waste another day without getting the sleep you need. To ask our team any questions about OSA or to schedule your visit, call us at (210) 628-9621.
Five Tips to Improve Your Sleep Quality
At Sleep Easy Dentistry, we know just how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, you might be sabotaging your sleep quality without knowing it! We want to help you get the sleep you need, so Dr. Osborne and our team have put together the following five tips to help you improve your sleep quality.
We hope that these tips can help you get better sleep. However, if you notice that you are constantly tired and groggy no matter how much you sleep or if your partner complains about your snoring, it may be a sign that you have a sleep disorder** and need further treatment. To schedule a consultation with Sleep Easy Dentistry, call our office today at (210) 628-9621.