Sleep apnea and TMJ treatments in in Ottawa, ON
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At the Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Center, Dr. Haissam Dahan is on the front line for screening and managing patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is a severe sleep disorder that restricts a person’s flow of oxygen while sleeping, causing them to wake up continuously throughout the night.
Since the number of people diagnosed with OSA is constantly growing, Dr. Dahan is always looking for new ways to provide accurate treatment in a faster, more customizable fashion. His drive to remain on the cutting-edge of OSA treatment is the reason we’re proud to offer three new pieces of technology: home sleep tests, 3D printed oral appliances, and digital impressions.
Home Sleep Test
A polysomnography, also known as a sleep test, is the most credible way to diagnose a sleep disorder. While the test is essential, traditional in-lab sleep tests can be time-consuming, invasive, and just downright uncomfortable. Luckily, Dr. Dahan offers an alternative that solves all of those issues.
Dr. Dahan can collect all of the same data through an at-home sleep test. This allows you to monitor your sleep habits in the comfort of your own home.
Afterward, we’ll send the results to a certified sleep physician who can diagnose your disorder and prescribe a treatment that works for you.
The days of goopy, invasive putty impressions are over! When you visit the Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic, we use a digital scanner to collect impressions of your smile. This exciting piece of technology works with a simple scan of the teeth, meaning there’s no need to insert anything into the mouth. This pain-free solution allows patients to avoid the uncomfortable gagging sensation that sometimes accompanies traditional impressions.
Digital impressions are an excellent option because they increase productivity, efficiency, and accuracy while reducing the overall treatment time for our Ottawa patients.
3D Printed Oral Appliance
While the most common form of sleep apnea treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, a majority of patients find it to be uncomfortable, loud, and invasive.
An oral appliance is an excellent option for patients looking for a more convenient alternative to CPAP. This type of treatment prevents sleep apnea episodes by shifting the jaw forward, allowing the airway to remain open while sleeping.
At the Ottawa TMJ & Sleep Apnea Clinic, Dr. Dahan can create one-of-a-kind oral appliances in his office by collecting same-day digital impressions of your smile. Then we will manufacture the device using an advanced CAD/CAM machine.
There are many advantages of using a 3D-printed oral appliance in comparison to a traditional lab-made oral appliance. 3D-printed oral appliances are:
- More comfortable
- More lightweight
- More durable
If you decide that oral appliance therapy is right for you, we can customize a device and have it ready for you in as little as two weeks.
Schedule a Consultation by Calling (613) 454-1854
Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that requires immediate attention. If you or a loved one are experiencing any sleep apnea symptoms, please contact our office at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment. Dr. Dahan will work alongside you to ensure that you get the diagnosis, treatment, and sleep that you deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
With an at-home sleep test, you’ll be able to set up the equipment and sleep in the privacy of your own home. With easy-to-follow instructions, it typically takes 5 to 10 minutes to set up the device. The MediByte system will record your airflow, snoring, oxygen saturation, heart rate, body positions, and event markers.
Once you wake up from your night’s rest, you’ll remove the equipment and upload the information to the internet where it will be analyzed to determine if you have obstructive sleep apnea, also called OSA. If you’re diagnosed with OSA, we can begin treatment right away.
If you have to use the restroom during the sleep study or do anything that requires getting up, make sure the device remains on and continues recording. This will ensure that the results are accurate and the diagnosis is correct. You’ll only remove the equipment once the test is over.
Digital impressions are much more precise than traditional methods which means that your new appliance will fit more comfortably than it would if your dentist used a mirror or traditional impression. There are also fewer errors with digital impressions and they require less time in the dental chair.
You shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort during a digital impression. With traditional methods, patients would need to bite down on a tray filled with putty which has the tendency to activate a gag reflex.
However, advances in technology have made it faster and more comfortable to obtain the images needed to create your oral appliances. When you get digital impressions, your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser that will transmit the images within 2 to 3 minutes.