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Our favorite Seattle sleep medicine dentists

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Seattle is known for being a community of early adopters. In the field of sleep health, this is definitely the case, as dental sleep medicine emerges as a new arena for identifying and treating people with sleep breathing disorders. 

Compared to other areas of the country, our region is quickly evolving a collaborative community of sleep specialists and dentists trained in sleep medicine.

We're working together to bring the most up-to-date care and treatment to people who need oral appliance therapy (OAT) to treat their obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), or snoring. 

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What's the difference between a snore guard and an oral appliance?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

The latest trend in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) involves an alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): oral appliance therapy (OAT).

While CPAP is an excellent treatment for OSA, not everyone can tolerate it or may not be physically capable of using it.

There are new oral appliances that can be used to treat sleep apnea. Sometimes they can also be used in conjunction with CPAP to treat severe cases of OSA (commonly known as combination therapy).

Oral appliances may resemble snore guards, but it's important to know that OAT is different from snore guard therapy in terms of treating sleep breathing disorders such as snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), and sleep apnea.

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Dentists: How to screen for sleep apnea

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-breathing disorder in which the upper airway becomes obstructed during sleep, leading to significant pauses in breathing that become repetitive patterns over the course of the night.

When left untreated, OSA has been shown to be associated with the development of high blood pressure, stroke, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, mood disorders, and much more.

Recent studies show that OSA affects 18 million Americans, with estimates showing that more than 80 percent of moderate to severe cases remain undiagnosed.

New initiatives to enable dentists to provide affordable OSA screenings chairside have become paramount to identifying and treating patients with previously undetected sleep disorders that affect breathing.

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What is Dental Sleep Medicine?

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

Dental sleep medicine has been around for over three decades. It was first pursued in conjunction with other treatments (namely continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

While CPAP continues to advance as a therapy for treating sleep breathing disorders, dental alternatives (snoring mouthguards and oral appliance therapy, or OAT) have recently been approved as first-line approaches to treating these same sleep disorders. 

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Dental sleep medicine luncheon slated for July 27

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH


Gandis Mazeika, MD presents:  

Dental Sleep Medicine Luncheon: 
"Screening Dental Patients for Sleep Apnea & Snoring" 

Date: Wednesday, July 27th

 12:30pm to 1:30pm

 Sound Sleep Health 
                   509 Olive Way, Suite 1435
                   MDB Conference Room, 3rd Floor
                   Seattle, WA 98101


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