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.   

With football season upon us, mouthguards are very important for protecting our kids teeth.  According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by sports mouthguards.  The benefits of sports mouthguards have been well documented.  They are important in preventing dental injuries to children, but teenagers and adults can also benefit greatly from them during sports such as soccer, volleyball, baseball, martial arts, mountain biking, etc.  Sports mouthguards are not all created equal.  The typical sportsguard found in sporting goods stores do not fit as accuratley as custom fabricated types so they can often be uncomfortable and can interfere with athletes breathing and speaking ability.  A custom fabricated mouthguard that can be provided for you from our office will fit  better and will provide maximum protection.  They are also available in five levels of protection which are designed specifically for your needs and come in lots of fun colors! Call us today to make an appointment!

June 26, 2013
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One third of the population snores. It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased in the constricted space, soft tissues like the soft palate and the uvula vibrate. These vibrations of the soft tissues in the mouth and throat result in what is called "noisy breathing" or generally referred to as snoring. We can help with a custom fabricated dental device worn at night that move the lower jaw into a forward position, increase the three dimensional space in the airway tube which reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration. By increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway and preventing soft tissue vibrations, snoring is eliminated. SILENT NITE devices do not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Small movements of the jaw are possible while wearing a SILENT NITE device. This movement potential helps minimize stiffness in the joints of the jaw in the morning. SILENT NITE devices help promote deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring. Call and schedule a consult appointment to see if SILENT NITE is a good option for you.

June 12, 2013
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According to the American Dental Association, more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented annually in this country by sports mouthguards. While this is an impressive preventative figure, it is unfortunately estimated by the National Youth Sports Foundation that more than 5 million teeth will be knocked out in sporting activities this year. These oral traumas will happen to children, high school and college level athletes. In fact, dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during participation in sports.

The benefits of sports mouthguard protection has been well documented. The Academy for Sports Dentistry, found the lifetime dental rehabilitation costs can approach several thousands dollars per tooth, for the child or athlete who looses a tooth (or teeth) in a  sporting injury. This does not include the associated costs of hours in the dental office and the possible development of secondary problems such as periodontal disease. The total rehabilitation costs for a single knocked-out tooth are more than 20 times the preventative cost for a custom laminated, professional grade mouthguard.

June 05, 2013
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Tooth decay often occurs on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The good news is that sealants can offer protection against tooth decay and improve your chances to stay filling free.

Tooth decay is the most prevalent dental disease among children. Dental sealants can safely reduce tooth decay and preserve a smile for years to come. Sealants are simply a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of back teeth as a means of helping to prevent tooth decay. The white film (plaque) that remains on the teeth over time causes Tooth decay and without proper removal, it forms a cavity. Sealants are an effective way of blocking plaque from forming on hard -to -reach areas with your toothbrush.

Sealants can be clear, white or tinted and can't be seen when you talk or smile, because they are only applied to the back teeth. Applying dental sealants is an easy and simple process. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned. Next, a mild acid solution is applied to help bond the sealant properly. Lastly, the sealant is placed on the tooth to seal the grooves and only takes about 60 seconds to harden. That is it, no discomfort and it is done very quickly. 





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