Mar 14

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My name is Michael and I am in the medical device industry. I live in Lakeland, FL. My travel has me doing aout 250 nights a year around the world. I have been doing to the Dentist’s Studio for almost 2 years now. Dr. Hodgins is a great guy, I mean everyone in the office is very personable. I originally went to his office for a consult on veneers.

My teeth get noticed a lot and he did a great job with those and it is one of the best personal investments I have made in my life.  With my before and afters, if you saw my before you would say it really did change my life.  The veneers and the sleep apnea device, I am pretty perky all the time. Earlier, I went to an Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor (ENT) and at that time it was determined that I had moderate to mild sleep apnea.

I was first offered the CPAP Machine which did not fit my lifestlye due to the amount of travel that I do. Dr. Hodgins suggested the SomnoDent for Sleep Apnea I was right on top of it.  It is easy. They do a mold of your teeth as if you are doing orthodontic work and it goes in easily at night and it carries in a little small case. Fits perfect in my bag.  Travelling as I do ,I am jet lagged and fatigued fomr that most of the tiem. So any good rest I can get I have to grab it. Even if I sleep on the plane, I put my SomnoDent in to get the best sleep I can possibly get.  It helps with my breathing. The numbers that were shown for the pre and post sleep apnea test were through the roof.  My oxygen levels were greatly increased and he was very impressed when he read the numbers off of it and so was I. I didn’t have to see the numbers, I could feel it.

When I wake up now, I am rested, I feel invigorated, I sleep better at night, and my says I don’t snore anywhere near the level I used to.

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Oct 19

SUAD Dental Sleep Apnea Appliance

The SUAD™ Device is a dental sleep apnea mouthpiece, otherwise known as a mandibular advancement appliance, that is used by dentists to treat obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. The SUAD™ Device is most effective when treating patients that snore, have mild – moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or cannot sleep while wearing a CPAP.

SUAD™ Device is a heavy duty mandibular advancement device that can withstand the heavy, destructive forces of bruxism, i.e. teeth clenching and grinding, that most often accompanies obstructive sleep apnea.

The SUAD™ Device is a fully adjustable dental sleep apnea appliance that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. It is custom fitted to each patient and fabricated in a dental lab.

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea and clench and grind your teeth, then the SUAD™ Device may be the best dental sleep apnea splint for you. Dr. Zach Hodgins, a dentist in Orlando, FL uses the SUAD™ Device to treat sleep apnea patients in his Winter Park, FL office. Call 407.647.1744 or visit www.DentistStudio.com today to arrange for a consultation appointment.

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Feb 01

How does an oral appliance treat obstructive sleep apnea? After being diagnosed with sleep apnea by a sleep physician, a very effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is an oral appliance. Dentists trained in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea can create custom oral appliances that are very effective in the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and for those patients that are CPAP intolerant. The oral appliances reposition the tongue and lower jaw (mandible) in a more forward postion during sleep. These appliances are called Mandibluar Anterior Repositioning Splints (MAS). This opens the airway and minimizes, or eliminates, the soft tissue obstruction that is the cause of the person’s apnea. Follow up sleep studies are critical for the proper adjustment of the oral appliances, and to prove the effectiveness of the treatment. Patients are often amazed at the restful nights sleep that they have after being they’ve been fitted with their dental appliance. Dr. Zach Hodgins, a dentist in Orlando, FL, is trained in treating patients that suffer from sleep apnea. His office offers the Somnodent dental appiance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Jan 29

Somnodent Mandibular Advancement AppliancePeople that have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea will benefit the most from using an oral appliance made by a dentist. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, many people cannot tolerate a CPAP. The reasons include the CPAP being to bulky and cumbersome, the CPAP mask leaking, dry mouth and nose, skin irritation, and annoying their bed partner with a noisy CPAP machine. An oral appliance can also be used to treat people that suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea that are CPAP intollerant. A dentist that has been trained to treat patients that suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea can fabricate an oral appliance. The process is simple and painless, and can be completed in as little as two visits. Follow up is critical, as the appliance should be adjusted according to objective results obtained from a follow up sleep study. One should seek out a dentist that owns a portable sleep monitor like the Watch-Pat 200 or the Ares. This will reduce the expense and hassle involved with multiple sleep studies done in a sleep lab. I do recommend a final sleep study to be conducted in a sleep lab, once the appliance has been properly adjusted.

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Jan 27

Obstructive sleep apnea is a deadly medical problem that is becoming more prevelant. In recent years, dentists have become an integral part of the team approach in the treatment of obstructive slee apnea. This is due to several realsons. First, dentists see their patients on a more regular basis than their physician collegues. Second, dentists have been trained extensively in the anatomy and physiology of the airway. This knowledge is essential in the recognition of the signs and symptoms of sleeping and breathing disorders, namely obstructive sleep apnea. Upon recognition, dentists can refer their patients to the appropriate sleep physician or sleep center for a proper diagnosis. Lastly, dentists are skilled in the fabrication of appliances that can treat obstructive sleep apnea. These appliances work very well when treating patients that have been diagnosed with mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The appliances can also be used to treat patients that cannot wear their CPAP.

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Oct 15

man laying down wearing cpapI have recently joined the I HATE CPAP campaign. It is designed to spread the word about the effectiveness of oral appliances in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea, and for those patients that cannot tolerate their CPAP. In other words, they HATE CPAP…. Don’t get me wrong. CPAP is the GOLD STANDARD for the treatment of sleep apnea. However, if the patient is not wearing their CPAP at all, they are putting themselves at great risk for a major health event. So, a great alternative is an oral appliance that can be made by an experienced dentist that has the proper training for treating these patients. Check out my new website for more info. Also, if you know of someone that is having a problem wearing their CPAP, please share this information with them. It could save their life!!!

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