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TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre provides dental sleep medicine, which is the management of sleep-related breathing disorders, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), with oral appliance therapy (OAT).
Dental sleep medicine is recognized by the medical community as an effective treatment approach for the management of obstructive airway sleep disorders (i.e. OSA-Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Although Oral appliances have an appearance similar to mouth guards, they require specific design, fabrication and customized fittings to meet individual patient needs for proper forward repositioning of the lower jaw and tongue in order to improve the opening of the upper airway during sleep. The appliances require follow-up and monitor.
The doctors of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre are trained in dental sleep medicine. They utilize advanced technology and specialized equipment to measure the airway, predict improvement, determine appliance design and monitor success and efficacy of the oral appliance. These appliances can be very effective for patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances may also be recommended for severe patients if they are unable to tolerate CPAP.
At present, the primary method for diagnosing OSA is to have the patient undergo an overnight sleep study, known as polysomnography (PSG) to measure and record a number of different physiologic variables during sleep such as airflow, oxygen levels, brain activity and respiratory effort. The diagnostic polysomnographic studies (PSG) must be read by certified sleep physicians and are most commonly provided in an overnight sleep lab. We are happy to provide, by request, the names of sleep physicians and sleep labs with whom we work.