Oral Appliance Therapy (O.A.T.)
Millions of people currently suffer from the breathing disorder known as sleep apnea. It has been shown that the effects of sleep apnea can be severe and debilitating, significantly decreasing quality of life. Dentists are in a unique position to identify patients that may be suffering with this disorder and can provide treatment with oral devices if necessary.
The American Dental Association has recently released an updated policy indicating “dentists are the only health care provider with the knowledge and expertise to provide oral appliance therapy (O.A.T).” Patients that are ultimately diagnosed with a sleep-related breathing disorder can often tremendously benefit from these appliances, and O.A.T. is suitable for those that cannot tolerate other treatments such as C.P.A.P.
Dr. Bonati and Dr. Fraccalvieri have been trained to fabricate and calibrate oral appliances for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Our office is equipped with state of the art technology, such as our Cone Beam CT scanner to aid in the evaluation of patient’s dentition, airway, and supporting structures. While working in conjunction with other medical professionals, we hope to help alleviate the suffering many patients are currently enduring.