A History with Sleep Apnea
Dr. Jeffrey M. Gibbs
Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has been involved in the diagnosis and treatment of OSA since 1990. He takes a special interest in the treatment and management of this condition, partially because he was diagnosed with OSA many years ago and became interested in the role that oral appliances play in sleep medicine. This therapy has become a special part of the practice at Camelot Dental because Dr. Gibbs feels that he has a unique opportunity to commiserate and identify with the special challenges of this condition and offer encouragement and confidence for a successful outcome.
What is OSA oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliances can be an effective and comfortable option to treat patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. When worn during sleep, these devices assist breathing by temporarily re-positioning the lower jaw and tongue forward, thereby enlarging the airway space in the throat. The device is adjusted until comfortable sleep is achieved and verified by an at home test which will be sent to your sleep physician to confirm effectiveness.
Unlike over the counter options, our oral appliances are custom-made for each patient. The devices are great for travel and require no external power source nor do they produce any mechanical noise.
If it is determined through your sleep physician and over night study (polysomnogram) that you are a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, and you would like to inquire about the services we offer, please contact our sleep apnea treatment coordinator to schedule your free consultation today!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a serious condition that affects over 18 million Americans. Patients of all ages and sizes can be affected by OSA.
Left untreated, OSA can present major risks to your health and lifestyle. OSA causes many disruptions of sleep which reduces blood oxygen levels causing high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. Overtime, this wears on the body and can lead to a stroke, heart attack, or sudden death. In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities and motor vehicle crashes.