Dental Sleep Medicine

Approximately one-third of a person’s life is spent sleeping. However, medicine has worked intensively only in recent years with this phase and the associated disturbances and sequelae. Limitations of quality of life and life expectancy due to sleep disorders such as snoring are not uncommon. In the context of interdisciplinary therapeutic approaches, dentists can play a key role with the production of intra-oral /anti-snoring devices.

In order to distinguish between regular snoring and snoring from dangerous irregular breathing, we offer our patients a screening.

You will receive a device the size of a cigarette box, previously fed with your data, to take home overnight. This device will then be strapped with a belt around your chest while you sleep.

The next day, we evaluate the data recorded during sleep and can thus establish whether it is a simple snoring or apnea snoring.

For simple snoring, often small tricks are helpful to give your partner peace again. When snoring apnea disease is determined through our analysis,  we will discuss the procedures to solve the problem.

If simple-to-moderate disease in OSAHS (obstructive sleep apnea and hypopnea syndrome) is determined , we would construct two custom built rails for the upper and lower jaw to allow more air in the breathing airway and thus reducing the number of nocturnal breathing interruptions to normal levels.

In the event of a serious illness, the patient is referred to a sleep lab. This will determine  if central respiratory disorders can be excluded and a customized therapy, usually with breathing masks (CPAP) may be performed.

Should it appear a patient has intolerance to a respiratory mask, the production of mandibular (lower jaw) devices (UPS) will be used in a specialized dental practice.