Posts for: February, 2014

Dr. Osterhoudt has had extensive training in oral appliances for sleep apnea. Oral appliances for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea are worn during sleep to maintain the patency of the upper airway by increasing its dimensions and reducing its collapsibility. Oral appliances are a simpler alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Over the last decade, there has been a significant expansion of the evidence base to support the use of oral appliances, with robust studies demonstrating their efficacy. This work has been underpinned by the recognition of the importance of upper airway anatomy in the pathophysiology of OSA. The  updated practice parameters of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine now recommend their use for mild-to-moderate OSA, or for patients with severe OSA who are unable to tolerate CPAP or refuse treatment with CPAP.  Oral appliances have been shown to have a beneficial impact on a number of important clinical end points, including the polysomnographic indexes of OSA, subjective and objective measures of sleepiness, BP, aspects of neuropsychological functioning, and quality of life.  Elucidation of the mechanism of action of oral appliances has provided insight into the factors that predict treatment response and may improve the selection of patients for this treatment modality. Longitudinal studies to characterize the long term adverse effects of oral appliance use are now beginning to emerge. Although less efficacious than CPAP for improving the polysomnographic indexes of OSA, oral appliances are generally preferred by patients. This has the potential to translate to better patient adherence and may provide an equivalent health outcome.   


Bad breath is a symptom of gum disease.There are also other symptoms as well:

*    Bleeding Gums

*    Sensitive Teeth

*    Obvious plaque, tartar or calculus

*    Persistent bad breath

*    Swollen, red or tender gums

*    Spaces developing between your teeth

*    Receding gums

*    Loose or mobile teeth

In 2003 the World Health Organization published a comprehensive report on oral health showing that more than 80% of adults in the US have some form of gum disease. Unfortunately most of these people don't know it. These symptoms are part of your body's response to a bacterial infection in the gum tissue. Many people ignore the symptoms becausethey cannot see the infection, but they are serious. If you had an open, bleeding wound in your hand you would treat it. The infected wounds in your mouth should also be treated.

Treatment is important because gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss and because research has linked oral bacterial innfections to:

*    Type 2 Diabetes

*    Heart Disease

*    Blood Clots and Strokes

*    Respiratory Disease

*     Preterm and low birth weight babies

Treatment Options:

The most common way to treat oral bacterial is a professional cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing that physically removes oral biofilm. This treatment has a huge benefit. You will increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth.

If you are having chronic bad breath contact our office to schedule a consultation.   

 

 




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