Do you suffer from daytime sleepiness, headaches, a lack of energy, memory loss, or grind your teeth during sleep? All of these symptoms can indicate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) In addition, if you suffer from hypertension, diabetes, or have a history of heart attack or stroke, you may have OSA and be one of the millions of undiagnosed Americans who are untreated.
If snoring is keeping you or your partner from experiencing a solid night’s sleep, you may have a more serious medical issue than you realize. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects over 22 million Americans, and it is estimated that 80 percent of those with OSA are undiagnosed. Not only can OSA leave you tired and restless, it can be a cause factor for multiple health problems.
“By visiting Dr. Melina Cozby, you can take control of your sleep apnea without having the discomfort of other, more traditional treatments. “We can make a custom fit dental appliance that can greatly reduce the risks associated with sleep apnea,” says Dr. Melina Cozby, the director of The Snore Relief Center.
At the Snore Relief Center in Forney, Texas, Dr. Cozby and her team are dedicated to the dental treatment of OSA. The Snore Relief Center is the only center that provides in-office TMJ therapy in the entire DFW Metroplex. As a Certified Sleep Dentist, Dr. Cozby works compassionately and with dedication to helping patients find alternative treatments to OSA.
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Device) is the most common treatment for OSA, but it may not be the right treatment for your lifestyle. A CPAP device emits a steady stream of air into your airway as you sleep by way of a facial mask. CPAPs can be uncomfortable, and patients often express an inability to sleep while wearing a CPAP. In the experience of the Snore Relief Center, oral appliance therapy has been proven to be equally as effective as a CPAP machine and far more comfortable and convenient for patients. Could this treatment be right for you?
Sleep Better, Feel Better
Studies have shown that people suffering from OSA are 27 times more likely to die of a heart attack, four times more likely to die of stroke, and six times more likely to die in a car accident. People with OSA can stop breathing several hundred times a night without even knowing it. Ninety percent of people with high blood pressure also suffer with OSA not realizing their poor sleep is affecting all aspects of their life, and is detrimental to their wellbeing and overall health.
At the Snore Relief Center, the first step in treatment is to perform a full evaluation for any risk factors. If the airway is unable to be seen during an exam by a Certified Sleep Dentist, it can be the first sign of a problem.
The second step in treatment is to participate in a sleep study, which can be a daunting thought for many patients. However Dr. Cozby can recommend a home sleep study, where the results of your sleep patterns can be recorded in the comfort of your own home. The results are then interpreted by a Sleep Physician for your diagnosis and sent directly to the Snore Relief Center for evaluation and treatment options.
Is a Mandibular Advancement Device right for you?
Once diagnosed, there are several treatment options available. The first is a custom-fitted oral appliance known as a Mandibular Advancement Device. This FDA-approved mouthpiece pulls the lower jaw forward to open the airway and prevent obstruction during sleep, similar to how CPR is performed. Dr. Cozby will then choose the right device based on your particular symptoms and physical needs. From there, the Snore Relief Center offers three to five sessions of therapy and continuous follow-up to ensure that this treatment is working effectively for you. Each customized treatment plan is designed specifically for your needs, based on your symptoms and overall health issues.
Dr. Melina Cozby, DDS, Certified Sleep Dentist
Dr. Cozby received her DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. She is also certified by The American Board of Sleep Dentistry, an independent board of examiners for dentists who treat sleep-disordered breathing. Dr. Cozby is passionate about helping patients reduce their snoring, sleep more restfully, and live an overall healthier life. By treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Cozby focuses on not just the dental wellness of patients, but educates patients on how oral health and appropriate sleep can influence all areas of their life.
The Snore Relief Center is offering an upcoming complimentary dinner and learn, where a meal is served while participants are educated on the benefits of proper treatment for OSA. There is limited availability for the upcoming events. Contact their office today to reserve your seat for March 24 or April 14 starting promptly at 6 pm. Appointments are always welcome for your evaluation, call their office at (972) 564-7575 to learn more!
Know the Facts about Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from OSA
- 80 percent of those with OSA are undiagnosed
- Those with OSA are 27 times more likely to die of heart attack
- Those with OSA are four times more likely to die of stoke
- Those with OSA are six times more likely to die in a car accident[/one_half]
- 90 percent of those with high blood pressure also have OSA
- 80 percent of those who grind their teeth also have OSA
- A custom-fitted oral appliance can be just as effective as a CPAP
- Mandibular Advancement Devices are FDA-approved[/one_half_last]
Melina Cozby, DDS, and Certified Sleep Dentist
Snore Relief Center
108 E U.S. Highway 80, Suite 190
Forney, Texas 75126
Text: Susan Ishmael