Dr. Davis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has also completed UNC Dental School’s mini-residency for Dental Sleep Medicine and is a current Member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious and lifelong medical condition that affects between 18 and 30 million adults over 18 in the US¹; with approximately 90% of them undiagnosed. OSA is a chronic, lifelong medical condition that can affect your sleep, health and quality of life. It has been linked to hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, work and driving related accidents and stroke
The primary cause of obstructive sleep apnea is tongue falling back in the throat and closing or “obstructing” the airway causing periods of low oxygen levels and arousal from sleep.
It can have a significant impact on quality of life, placing unnecessary strain on relationships between bed partners, family and in the workplace.
One of the most common signs and symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses. These brief periods of breathing cessation don’t trigger full alertness, but disrupt sleep enough to leave sufferers groggy in the mornings — and at risk for a number of more serious health problems, often without even realizing there’s a problem. You likely won’t know that you’re having problems breathing or be able to judge how severe the problem is. A family member or bed partner often will notice these problems before you do.
How We Treat Indicated Patients
Treatment does not involve anesthesia, surgery, or drilling. Impressions are taken and a device is fabricated that fits to your upper and lower jaws and gently guides your lower jaw forward, pulling your tongue away from the back of your throat and allowing air to pass unimpeded. Follow up sleep studies can be performed to test the improvement of breathing events and Dr Davis will adjust the device as needed for maximum effectiveness and comfort.