It is estimated that one hundred million (100,000,000) people worldwide and 15 million Americans have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA); however, only 10% are diagnosed. The Gold-Standard for treatment of OSA is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). In Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the patient's airway collapses during the brief pause between exhaling and inhaling the nextbreath - see the video immediately to the right of this section. CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure keeps the airway inflated like a balloon preventing this collapse. While CPAP has saved many lives, over 70% of those who are supposed to wear the CPAP cannot or do not for a variety of reasons, such as claustrophobia, ill-fitting mask, CPAP noise disturbs bed partner, and many other reasons.
For those people who hate their CPAP and cannot wear it, and for those diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) utilizing a Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) or a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is a real and viable option. If you are considering this Sleep Apnea Solution, you need to find a dental office that understands Dental Sleep Medicine. These are medical devices that are custom-made to treat a life-threatening medical condition. They need to be adjusted and titrated optimally for each individual patient.
Dr. Joe Hair works with many of the Sleep Physicians in West Georgia including those in Douglasville, Carrollton, Austell, and Smyrna. Dr. Hair is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as well as the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Call (770) 949-1005 for an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online.