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AZ-TMJ - Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Improve Snoring In Many Patients

May 26, 2017

AZ-TMJ is once again leading the way in innovative and effective treatments for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Approximately one in five adults have at least mild sleep apnea, and one in 15 are classified as moderate sleep apnea sufferers. Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person's ability to breathe is impaired, resulting in a restless sleep and oftentimes snoring.

"It's important for patients to understand the difference between snoring and OSA," explained Dr. Stan Farrell. "Often the two conditions are related but are not directly correlated in all cases. Unlike simple snoring, OSA can be potentially life-threatening, requiring medical attention." Dr. Farrell has developed an intraoral appliance that may be an alternative for patients not wanting to undergo surgery or wanting to avoid the use of a Positive Airway Pressure unit, also known as a CPAP.

Intraoral devices enlarge the pharynx, allowing a significant improvement in snoring if patients are appropriately pre-screened with regard to their individual anatomy. Close collaboration with an orofacial pain clinician, who has training in treating snoring and sleep apnea, is recommended for indication, adjustment and follow-up with an intraoral device.

After a thorough exam, AZ-TMJ can determine if an intraoral device is right for you. This device can be used with a Positive Airway Pressure unit (CPAP) to improve performance. Dr. Farrell has extensive training in Sleep Medicine and has successfully provided many patients with custom oral appliances that not only treated their sleep apnea, but often eliminated their snoring altogether.