The Face Of Sleep Apnea And Reconstructive Dentistry
D. Gordon Rye, DDS
Approximately 22 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), with 80% of the cases of moderate and severe OSA undiagnosed. OSA occurs when throat muscles intermittently relax during sleep, blocking the airway. Two of the most noticeable signs of OSA are snoring and grinding of teeth.
Dr. Rye is recognized as one of the area’s leading reconstructive and cosmetic dentists, largely because of his expertise in the treatment of Temporo Mandibular Dysfnction (TMD). With the high correlation between TMD and OSA, Dr. Rye frequently treats both conditions.
Dr. Rye treats patients diagnosed with OSA with non-invasive appliance therapy, a customized device worn at night to ensure an open airway and facilitate oxygenation of all organs and quiet and restful sleep. If needed, Dr. Rye adjusts the bite with appropriate reconstructive dentistry. The results are immediate, dramatic, and life-changing. If you or a loved one suffers from OSA or if you are considering reconstructive dentistry, contact Dr. Rye to discuss your options.