Sleep dentistry is an innovative focus in dentistry. As a sleep dentist, Dr. Moore partners with physicians on diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep disorders that result from airway obstructions occurring during the sleep cycle.
It is estimated that obstructive sleep apnea disorder affects 5% of the western world; most of these cases go unrecognized despite the substantial mortality rates associated with them.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the throat collapses, disrupting breathing and repeatedly rousing a person from sleep. Sleep experts estimate 80-90% of people with Sleep Apnea are unaware of their condition.
Risk for OSA increases with age and weight gain. Obstructive Sleep Apnea raises the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and driving accidents. Untreated OSA is frequently linked to decline in memory skills and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms can also exacerbate or mimic dementia symptoms.
Sleep studies indicate that sleep-disordered breathing is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome. A group of India-based researchers found that OSA patients were three times more likely to experience obesity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidemia (HLP). HLP patients have high blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
Dentists are in a unique position to be able to help. Because Dr. Moore sees his patients on a regular basis, he has the opportunity to screen for this very prevalent disorder and offer treatment options to improve their quality of life. A 3D Cone Beam Scan specific to the airway is the leading-edge technology developed to screen for OSA. If a screening indicates the patient is a candidate with mild to moderate risk, Dr. Moore can provide treatment using a sleep apnea device that fits much like a custom nightguard that positions the jaw forward to open the airway and increase oxygen levels. A CPAP device is the best option for severe OSA; however, compliance is crucial for optimal results.