How Can I Stop Snoring?
OSA is diagnosed through a clinical sleep study. Because sleep clinics can exacerbate your unrest due to the foreign environment, Dr. Samadian is a big proponent of the at-home sleep study. The equipment records your breathing throughout the night and the results are interpreted for sleep bruxism (teeth grinding), OSA, and snoring. Once Dr. Samadian has the full report on your sleep patterns, he can design a treatment plan that best fits you.
The most common treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, which provides a steady flow of air through your airway to prevent collapse or vibration. Patients have an array of mask configurations to find the most comfortable one, but they’re not always ideal. They can worsen claustrophobia, or patients who travel often may find a CPAP machine quite annoying, particularly through transportation logistics and ensuring their sleeping arrangements include a nearby electrical outlet.
Alternatively, Dr. Samadian can supply you with an oral appliance to treat your OSA or snoring. They fit over your teeth like a sports mouthguard—which also prevents bruxism—to shift your lower jaw forward and hold your airway open. Patients with milder OSA and snoring can often correct sleep disturbances and stop micro-arousals entirely with just an oral appliance. Others may need only the CPAP machine or require a combination of both. OSA appliances are 3D-printed in Dr. Samadian’s state-of-the-art in-house lab after being custom fabricated to position your mouth in the exact configuration you need to improve your rest. Compared to a CPAP machine, your oral appliance is far more portable without the need for electricity, and most patients consider them much more comfortable than a restrictive mask.
Neither treatment is painful, nor do they require any downtime or recovery. However, it’s crucial you adhere to your treatment plan each night for maximum benefit. Dr. Samadian will also monitor if or how your oral appliance may alter your bite.
What Results Can I Expect?
You can expect a fantastic night’s sleep almost immediately, and snoring may disappear entirely. No more sore throat when you wake up, and no more disgruntled partners who’ve had their sleep disrupted by your dysfunctional breathing patterns. You can peacefully dream knowing your snoring has stopped.