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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Fore Dental Care | Dentist in Grass Valley, CAAt Fore Dental Care we use the latest diagnostic equipment for sleep disorders. One of these is the WatchPAT device which the patient is able to wear at home for one night.  The resulting data reveals key information, including the number and length of periods that the patient’s sleep was interrupted.  We then use this data, combined with other diagnostic tools, to determine the appropriate treatment plan. We are then able to closely monitor the results and make changes to the appliances as needed.

We prefer to use non-invasive, customized and affordable dental orthodic appliances whenever possible to reposition the jaw, mouth and teeth in a way that helps prevent airway closure. In 2006, the Academy of

Dental Sleep Medicine supported the use of oral appliances as first line treatment option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.  They are easy to clean and maintain and are noiseless. As a result, many patients prefer the dental orthodics over CPAP.

Prevalence of Sleep Disorders

It is estimated that one-third of the U.S. population suffers from sleep disorders. Approximately 40 million individuals are chronic sufferers, yet less than 10% have been diagnosed or sought treatment.

Regardless of the type of sleep disorder, the impact on individuals is considerable. Clinically, people suffering from sleep disorders have an increased likelihood of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and mortality. At the same time, these individuals experience reduced cognitive performance that lowers job performance, decreases their quality of life and makes them ten times more likely to be in an automobile accident. These individuals are more susceptible to work-related injuries, depression and family discord, too.

Dr. Stacy Fore is a fellow with the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines.

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American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine