Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hear Becky's Story: The Wife of a Snoring and Sleep Apnea Patient Treated With an Oral Device

By Guest Blogger Dr. Lydia Sosenko, DDS, D.ABDSM

For more than 12 years, my dental practice, Dental Sleep Medicine of Illinois, has focused on treating people suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

People often ask me how I became involved in treating these conditions with oral appliance therapy (OAT). I have two events that I remember specifically that started the ball rolling: the first, a Grand Canyon group expedition, and the second, a ski trip. During both of these trips, the snoring of one person put strain on the whole group, especially the light sleepers.

Years later, I was able to help a middle-aged couple treat snoring using OAT. The gratitude they showed me was overwhelming. Soon afterwards, I befriended colleagues in dental sleep medicine, which strengthened my commitment to this area of dentistry.

One of my patients, Becky, is featured in the below video. In it, she describes the changes in her and her husband’s lives since he started OAT.

OAT is a non-surgical treatment option recommended by physicians for the use of mild to moderate OSA. It is also recommended for patients that cannot tolerate CPAP. Oral appliances are worn in the mouth similar to sports mouth guards or orthodontic retainers. Many patients find that an oral appliance is comfortable, convenient and affordable. In fact, medical insurance often covers OAT.

About the author: Dr. Lydia Sosenko (picture) is a general dentist devoted to treating sleep apnea. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and a member of the AADSM Public Relations Committee. She has appeared on WGN’s Healthwatch and is dedicated to helping the public sleep with the use of OAT.

Visit her blog here.

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