Sleep Apnea

Using an oral appliance for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in Indianapolis, IN

oral appliance for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in Indianapolis, IN from Washington Street Dentistry

Patients in Indianapolis, IN who have obstructive sleep apnea may also deal with disruptive snoring. When OSA is diagnosed, many physicians in the area will suggest the use of a CPAP machine for treatment. What is CPAP? CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This is a device that is used with a face mask worn at night when a patient sleeps. It keeps the airways open with forced air, eliminating the risks that come with obstructive sleep apnea. At the same time, it can greatly reduce snoring, which is a sometimes-annoying side-effect of sleeping disorders such as this. While this … Continue reading

Sleep apnea therapy is available for Indianapolis area patients

Sleep apnea therapy is available for Indianapolis area patients in Washington Street Dentistry

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are welcome to ask us about treatment options. In most cases, Dr. Church at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis will encourage patients to consider the benefits of oral appliance therapy. Why use oral appliance therapy? There are several reasons why patients may use oral appliance therapy. They may be dealing with: Obstructive sleep apnea Bruxism Temporomandibular joint disorder/TMJ/TMD These conditions are often improved with the use of an oral appliance. They are special mouth guards that a dentist can custom fabricate for a patient who has a condition. They are made of medical-grade plastics that are … Continue reading

Dentist in Indianapolis, IN explains what it means to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis

Dr. Matthew Church, Dentist in Indianapolis, IN explains what it means to receive a sleep apnea diagnosis

At Washington Street Dentistry, we are committed to improving the health and lives of our patients. While we do this through general, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry services, many patients are surprised to find out that we can also offer diagnosis and treatment of other conditions, such as sleep apnea. What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a chronic sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. Patients with sleep apnea do not get restful sleep, which can impact daytime functionality. An obstruction of the airway causes sleep apnea. The tongue blocks the airway, causing the patient’s blood oxygen level to drop. … Continue reading

Effective sleep apnea treatment that fits Indianapolis lifestyles

Effective sleep apnea treatment that fits Indianapolis lifestyles from Dr. Matthew Church

Oral appliance therapy is a non-surgical sleep apnea treatment. Indianapolis dentist, Dr. Matthew Church helps patients get the quality sleep they need for better overall health (and improved relationships with housemates), using this method. What is oral appliance therapy? An oral appliance prevents the airway from collapsing while you sleep, to reduce or eliminate snoring and episodes of obstructive sleep apnea. The device fits into the mouth, something like an orthodontic retainer. The size and fit are customized for comfortable wear. A “mandibular repositioning” appliance supports the jaw in a forward position, keeping the mouth slightly open. A “tongue retaining” appliance … Continue reading

Why combine self care with a customized dental appliance for sleep apnea in Indianapolis

combine self care with a customized dental appliance for sleep apnea in Indianapolis, Dr. Matthew Church

Obstructive sleep apnea can be a frightening diagnosis. In the end, however, it is better to pinpoint the cause of loud snoring and pauses in breathing than to continue allowing this condition to rob you of sleep and quality of life. Yes, obstructive sleep apnea is a very concerning condition. There are, however, treatment options such as the customized dental appliance that are ideal for comfortable sleep apnea improvement. In our Indianapolis dental office, we encourage patients to combine their oral appliance therapy with lifestyle changes when applicable. Some suggestions for decreasing the risk of further apnea include: Lose excess … Continue reading


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