Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  • Sleep Apnea and Snoring

    AZ TMJ, a Phoenix area sleep apnea & TMJ treatment center, focuses on treatment of sleep apnea and offers a CPAP alternative, removing the need for a CPAP machine. We are a leading provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment and are led by Dr. Stan Farrell, a highly distinguished doctor at treating a wide variety of causes of head pain.

    Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person's ability to breathe is impaired, resulting in a restless sleep and remaining tired all the time.

    Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Apnea History

    Historically the first avenue of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) was with the medical community. Diagnosis of OSA was usually done by a Pulmonologist within a sleep lab and treatment was provided by a CPAP. This is a mask that fits over the patient’s nose and mouth and blows air into the lungs; the patient would sleep with this strapped to their head.

    The CPAP

    CPAP Machine

    CPAP Machine

    The CPAP is typically 100% effective. However, it is not tolerated by 50-80% of the patients for whom it is prescribed. These patients have a serious problem if they cannot tolerate the CPAP. They face potential life threatening health dilemmas.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has designated dental sleep appliances as the number one treatment alternative for obstructive sleep apnea.

    When an individual's teeth are separated (the bite is opened up), the airway in the back of the throat expands. A bite position that establishes maximum air intake can be determined. Using this information, a dental mouthpiece can be constructed that will hold the mouth in the proper position.

    The CPAP Alternative

    Oral Appliance Demonstration

    Cutting-edge dental technology has enabled the dental field to play an effective role in combating sleep apnea for a large number of patients. The procedures and techniques used are recognized by the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association, and the rank and file of medical sleep practitioners (pulmonologists, ENTs, and sleep laboratory personnel).

    The type of appliance used and the skill of the practitioner fabricating, fitting and adjusting the appliance ultimately determine its success.

    Our sleep apnea and snoring doctor, Dr. Stan Farrell, has extensive training in sleep medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and board certified with the American Board of Orofacial Pain, making him one of the best qualified doctors to treat sleep apnea with an oral appliance.

    Call AZ TMJ today, 480-945-3629, to schedule a consultation at our office in Scottsdale, Arizona, just outside Phoenix, with Dr. Stan Farrell to discuss the treatment of your sleep apnea.

     

 






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