SLEEP APNEA – TREATMENT VIA A DENTAL APPLIANCE

Dr. Ryne Johnson, prosthodontist at Newton Wellesley Dental Partners has been treating sleep apnea and finding success with something besides c-pap therapy (which involves putting a mask on overnight).

A 54 year-old patient (name withheld for HIPAA compliance), wakes up every day ready to put his life on the line as a Newton police officer, but there was something draining his energy. “I was constantly fatigued and my wife and co-workers would say, ‘Hey, you snore really loud,’” reports one of the city’s top-cops.

That snoring revealed a bigger problem: sleep apnea.

“The soft palate or the tongue will collapse and actually stop the air from moving,” explains Dr. Johnson. “picture a garden hose kinked with no flow — that’s sleep apnea.”

Dr. Johnson reports an increase in the number of sleep apnea appliances done in his practice and he’s finding success at treating it with something known as SUAD appliance.

“What they do is limit the ability for one to open typically and it gently holds the lower jaw forward in a position to get the tongue out of the airway,” says Dr. Johnson. “The small device is placed inside the mouth during sleep, which is much easier to tolerate for patients who tried the traditional and cumbersome c-pap.

“It’s night and day,” according to the patients Dr. Johnson works with on these sleep apnea appliances. For one of Newton’s ‘finest’, “I wake up in the morning. I feel refreshed. I didn’t even realize how tired I was all the time until my body adjusted to it. It literally changed my life completely.”

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