Glidewell Dental Launches Oasys Hinge Appliance for OSA Treatment

Glidewell Dental Launches Oasys Hinge Appliance for OSA Treatment

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, August 23, 2019

The oral sleep appliance will enable providers to enhance their offerings for OSA patients, helping them achieve a good night’s sleep without any obstructions.

FREMONT, CA: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a critical breathing disorder which causes breathing to stop and start during sleep, is a condition affecting over 20 million people in the US. OSA, the most common type of sleep apnea occurs when the throat muscles intermittently relax and obstruct the airway during sleep. It not only lowers the oxygen levels in the blood but also leads to the buildup of carbon dioxide.

To alleviate the problems faced by OSA patients, a premier innovator in dental sleep therapy, Glidewell Dental, recently launched a new mandibular advancement device, Oasys Hinge Appliance. The oral sleep appliance is Medicare and PDAC (Pricing, Data Analysis, and Coding) cleared under code E0486 to treat patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Oasys Hinge Application is the latest addition to Glidewell’s portfolio of sleep therapy appliances, including Silent Nite, EMA, and TAP. The company has over 20 years of expertise in delivering oral sleep appliances. It also offers accredited continuing education courses, enabling dentists to integrate dental sleep medicine into their practice.

Research reveals that the quality of sleep has a significant impact on patient health, well-being, and overall quality of life. OSA and snoring disrupt the rest of patients and can boost the severity of several health problems, including heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, and diabetes.

One of the symptoms of OSA is snoring, and should not be ignored. Over 50 percent of adults in the US snore and almost 30 percent are habitual snorers. Also, many people over the age of 65 face an increased threat of OSA, which can pose serious problems if left untreated. The primary symptoms of OSA include loud, chronic snoring, and daytime sleepiness.

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When sleeping, snoring is caused when the muscles and tissues in the airway relax and partially block the airway. OSA is a critical breathing problem where the airway completely collapses, obstructing the airflow. People suffering from OSA usually wake up gasping for air or choking mid-sleep. It not only hinders the sleep but might progress into more dangerous conditions.

The Oasys Hinge Appliance is designed to gently shift the lower jaw when sleeping, thus successfully activating the airway muscles and ligaments to keep the airway from collapsing. The device is custom-designed to provide maximum comfort to patients throughout the night and is micro-adjustable with 0.25 increments up to 10mm of advancement based on the requirements of the patients. The telescope inspired hinge facilitates natural jaw movement and can be adjusted by both doctors and patients themselves. Also, patients with Medicare insurance can avail reimbursement for their oral appliance, making it easy and affordable to get treated.

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most simple and effective ways of achieving a peaceful night’s sleep without any obstruction, enabling the patient to face the day with renewed energy. More and more dentists are employing the solutions of Glidewell, which will make the Oasys Hinge Appliance a go-to-sleep device to prevent snoring and OSA in patients.

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