Dentist in Dothan, AL area offers treatment for pediatric obstructive sleep apnea
Posted By Dr Nathan Pfister
Dr. Nathan Pfister and Dr. Brian Pfister of Biodentist Alabama are pleased to assist patients of all ages in their dental facility located in Dothan, AL. From adult patients to pediatric patients, we ensure everyone has a healthy and beautiful smile! When children visit our dentist and have been diagnosed with pediatric obstructive sleep apnea by a physician, they may not realize there is a more comfortable treatment than CPAP for them to consider.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that can develop in patients of any age. The condition is a sleeping disorder that is caused by a blockage in the airway. This blockage may be something as simple as the tongue falling back into the throat and keeping a patient from breathing correctly while they sleep. The results often include:
Chronic headaches and migraines
Dry throat in the morning
Gasping while sleeping
Once a patient has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, often through a sleep study performed by their primary care physician, they are encouraged to wear CPAP mask. CPAP is an acronym for Continuous positive airway pressure. This device includes a mask that is worn by the patient to help with keeping the airway open while they sleep. However, the device is difficult to travel with and can be uncomfortable to wear – especially for children. Instead, the team at Biodentist Alabama may encourage parents to ask about pediatric oral appliance therapy as an alternative.
What is oral appliance therapy?
To treat conditions such as pediatric obstructive sleep apnea, is it important that you consider all the options available. In this case, pediatric patients are not stuck with the cumbersome device initially recommended by their pediatrician or primary care physician. Instead, parents should speak to their child’s dentist about oral appliance therapy.
This oral appliance therapy is an alternative way to address pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. By using a specialized mouth piece, almost like a mouth guard for sports, children can address the condition in a more comfortable manner. This oral appliance is worn at night while children sleep to help keep the airway open. It can keep the jaw aligned and hold down the tongue to keep it from blocking the throat. By wearing the oral appliance each night, children can get a good night’s rest and feel refreshed and energetic each day. The appliance is much more comfortable and is easy to use and simple to clean. It is also very easy to travel with, unlike the traditional CPAP machines which can be problematic for those who travel.
Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
Patients of all ages who have obstructive sleep apnea may benefit from the use of oral appliance therapy. It is best for individuals to speak to their dentist about their recent diagnosis from their primary care physician and determine if they can ditch the CPAP machine and utilize an oral appliance instead. Many find that the use of an oral appliance is much simpler and more in line with their lifestyle.
How long can an oral appliance last?
With proper care, most oral appliances will last several years before they require replacement. We encourage patients to keep them clean as recommended by our dentists, and to bring them in when they come into the office for their routine cleanings and examinations. If an oral appliance needs to be replaced, one can be made within a rather short period of time, so patients do not go untreated for their condition. Our dentists will provide patients with cleaning and care instructions for their oral appliance to extend its longevity.
Schedule an appointment with our team today!
At Biodentist Alabama, we offer Dothan, AL area patients the comprehensive services they need for their entire family. If your child has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and you are seeking an effective yet comfortable way to treat the condition, we welcome you to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Nathan Pfister and Dr. Brian Pfister to discuss oral appliance therapy for pediatric care. Our practice is located at 200 Parkwest Circle, Suite 1 and serves the surrounding communities of Montgomery, Panama City, and Tallahassee, FL. Call (855) 939-5566 to make an appointment.
Dr. Pfister's passion for non-invasive biologic dentistry began while practicing dentistry in Hawaii and he learned of the power of ozone in dentistry. From Hawaii, Dr. Pfister moved to his hometown of Upland as the protégé of the world-renowned ozone dentist Dr. Bill Domb...
Dr. Brian Pfister was born and raised in Upland, CA. He attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, graduating with a degree in exercise physiology with a minor in chemistry. From Idaho, Dr. Brian returned to southern California to continue dental training at Western University College of Dental Medicine.