Dental Management of Sleep Disorders
Many patients are not getting the sleep their body needs to stay alert and healthy. Sleep disorders affect millions of Americans. Symptoms may include snoring, chronic fatigue, insomnia and weight gain. In severe cases, patients stop breathing many times at night and never get the rest they need. These patients are at risk for heart disease, diabetes and other disorders that can shorten their lives.
Dr Robert Didier is a member of American Academy of Dental Sleep Disorders and has years of experience helping patients. He is also a graduate of the UCLA Residency for Sleep Disorders. Dr Didier works closely with physicians and other specialists to provide a treatment plan that is specific to each patient. Some patients may be served by simply modifying their lifestyle, bedtime habits and diet, while others benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or an oral sleep appliance. Others might require surgery to help with their sleep disorder.
Most oral sleep appliances work to move the lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep to open the airway and allow for free exchange of air. Oral appliances may be used in lieu of or in conjunction with other treatments. Dr Didier has the expertise to recommend the best solution for each patient. Usually a sleep study is necessary in conjunction with a patients medical provider.