Dr. William Greider can help manage your grinding, snoring, and sleep apnea. We use an alternative to living with bruxism and obstructive sleep apnea, giving you a good night’s rest.
The first step in determining if you suffer from bruxism, snoring, or sleep apnea is completing a take-home sleep test. The STATDDS home sleep test and bruxism monitor is a small, easy-to-use device that measures your respirations and detects snoring through the use of electrodes, a pulse/oxygen monitor, and a nasal cannula. Once Dr. Greider has diagnosed your sleep problem, he can recommend a functional and effective solution.
Treatment of OSA, Snoring, and Bruxism
Depending on your diagnosis, treatment options may include oral appliance therapy, CPAP, or surgery. There are benefits and risks associated with any treatment and it is important to discuss which option may be best for you depending on your condition. Any of these treatment options are best optimized when accompanied by lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene and weight loss.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances are custom-fitted mouthguards specifically manufactured for you. These appliances are designed to move your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep by preventing the tongue from falling back. This results in a much better night's steep. Oral appliances can be used alone or in combination with other OSA treatments. They are also used to prevent bruxism.
Who can benefit from oral appliance therapy? People who:
Dr. Greider has training in oral appliance therapy and is familiar with the various designs of appliances. He can determine which one is best suited for your specific needs. He will work with your medical professional as part of the team in your diagnosis, treatment, and continuing care.
Oral appliances for OSA and bruxism have several advantages over other forms of therapy which include being comfortable, easy to wear, portable, and non-invasive. Unlike CPAP, there is no mask to wear and no hoses to deal with. Most people find it only takes a short time to get used to wearing the appliance.