Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. As a result, sleep apnea can cause you to stop breathing for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute -- as many as hundreds of times per night. Snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory problems, irritability, fatigue and insomnia are all signs that you could be losing valuable rest to sleep apnea. If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. It can increase the risk for other serious health problems including high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and impotence.
The traditionally prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. It involves sleeping with a face mask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine. Although CPAP is effective, as many as 50 percent of patients don't stick with the treatment. Dr. Boucher can provide an alternate to CPAP with oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea that fits easily into your daily routine. A dental oral appliance looks like a sports mouth guard and is worn only when you are sleeping. The dental oral appliance supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway, preventing sleep apnea and snoring.
Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by a sleep physician, Dr. Boucher can make a custom-fitted oral appliance using impressions and models of your teeth. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans. We can help you verify if coverage is available through your insurance plan. Patients like it because the dental oral appliances are comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to clean.
Treating snoring or sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use the appliance nightly. Custom-fit oral appliances from University Hills Dental can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health.
If you have problems with snoring or concerns about sleep apnea, it may be time to make an appointment. If you suspect you may have sleep apnea, we can recommend a sleep physician to help get you started on your path to treatment. If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Boucher can fit you with an oral appliance. Our team at University Hills Dental is ready to answer your questions about obstructive sleep apnea, dental sleep medicine and oral appliance therapy.
Dr. Boucher is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the only non-profit professional association dedicated exclusively to the practice of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Boucher helps treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy, an effective treatment that is covered by most insurance plans. AADSM membership provides Dr. Boucher with access to educational resources and practice management tools that help him/her better serve University Hills Dental patients by providing the highest quality of care in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. For more information about AADSM, visit www.aadsm.org.
Dr. Boucher is also a member of the Wisconsin Sleep Society, which provides educational and scientific resources to Sleep Professionals like Dr. Boucher in the State of Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Sleep Society promotes increased awareness of sleep medicine and sleep disorder treatments and provides education in sleep disorders and sleep medicine.
Dr. Liberty Boucher is proud to maintain memberships & foster affiliations with a variety of professional organizations not only in dentistry and oral health, but also with a commitment to the treatment of sleep apnea.
In addition to the above, Dr. Boucher is a member of the Chicago Dental Society.
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