Confidence in a Referral to a Michigan Sleep Network Dentist
Michigan Sleep Network is a leader in dental sleep medicine. Dr. Burton, Dr. Vertin, and Dr. Bastianelli each specialize in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, upper airway resistance syndrome, and primary snoring through oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances, technically referred to as oral mandibular advancement devices, are recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an effective alternative to CPAP and must be fitted by a trained dental professional. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are offered a complimentary consultation to determine if they are candidates for therapy. Our friendly office staff will provide each patient with details about insurance coverage and a treatment plan that aligns with industry best practices.
Are Your Patients Compliant with CPAP?
CPAP and BIPAP remain the gold standards in treatment for sleep disordered breathing. However, poor patient compliance has results in limited health outcomes. Studies have shown between 46-83% of patients being treated with CPAP are non-adherent.
Oral appliance therapy from a qualified dentist is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an appropriate alternative. Patient should be given a choice, when appropriate, as oral appliances can serve as a first line treatment for mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Patients with severe apnea should be encouraged to try CPAP before an appliance.
How Do Oral Appliances Work?
Custom-made oral appliances advance the lower the jaw forward during sleep to maintain an open airway. A dentist trained in dental sleep medicine is able to select, fabricate, fit, and adjust these devices to help patients with mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea or those suffering from severe snoring.
Michigan Sleep Network dentists use only custom, adjustable oral appliances for treatment. Published studies support these specific appliances as having the most effective impact on lowering AHI, increasing oxygenation, and improving overall symptoms.