Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Click here to go to the homepage.
Be the First to Know. Click here to subscribe FREE!
Search Reports: Use quotation marks around your multi-word search terms in the box below to perform search of
Advances in health and medicine.Use " marks around search terms
What's New
News Flash
  Alternative Health
Asthma & Allergies
Breast Cancer
Cardiovascular Health
Children's Health
Dental Health
Fertility & Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurological Disorders
Nutrition & Wellness
Pet Health
Seniors' Health
Sports Medicine
Women's Health
Advances in health and medicine.
Click here to sign up for Medical Alerts!
Click below to access other news from Ivanhoe Broadcast News.
  Click here to get Ivanhoe's Medical Headline RSS feed Click here to listen to Ivanhoe's Medical Podcasts
Useful Links
Play It Again, Please
E-Mail a Friend
Order Books Online
Inside Science
Smart Woman
Advances in health and medicine.
Smart Woman Home
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Smart Woman Home
Advances in health and medicine.
Click below to learn about Ivanhoe.
About Us
Contact Us
Ivanhoe FAQ
Our TV Partners
Travel Calendar
Advances in health and medicine.
Ivanhoe celebrates 20 years of medical news reporting reaching nearly 80 million TV households each week. Click here to learn more...
Advances in health and medicine.
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Advances in health and medicine.
Dental Health Channel
Reported June 19, 2014

Dental Device for Sleep Apnea?

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (Ivanhoe Newswire) – In the U.S, 22 million people suffer from sleep apnea.  The most popular treatment is known as continuous positive airflow pressure, also called CPAP. However, if the condition is not severe enough CPAP may not be effective.

So, some patients are trying a different approach that’s been around for a while for treating the sleep disorder, and it’s found in their dental office.

Ted Durkee is 67 years old. He is seeing his dentist, not because of a tooth ache, but for sleep apnea.

“I always had problems with dozing off in the afternoon in the office and people would joke about that,” Durkee told Ivanhoe.

He suffered for years, until he finally decided to participate in a home sleep study to evaluate his sleep patterns. The device measured his heart rate along with blood oxygen levels.  The test revealed Durkee had low oxygen levels, which means he has sleep apnea.

“I didn’t have to go for two nights at a different location. I could sleep in my own bed,” Durkee explained.

His doctor prescribed oral appliance therapy, or OAT. It’s a mouth appliance that moves Durkee’s jaw forward to help him breathe easier while sleeping.

“Mr. Durkee was the ideal patient because he has… he’s on the mild end of apnea,” Gretchen Zody, DDS, Dentist/Sleep Expert, told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Gretchen Zody said she can see signs of sleep apnea just by looking in her patients’ mouths.

“Their tongue can be scalloped along the edges so you can actually see the indentations of the teeth,” Dr. Zody explained.

That’s because patients push their tongue forward to clear their airway. Other signs include bruxism, grinding of the teeth, acid reflux, and snoring.

It took a few weeks for Durkee to notice a difference, but he said now his oxygen levels are back to normal and he hasn’t experienced any side effects.

“I have a lot more energy,” Durkee explained. “The bags under my eyes are not as severe as they have been in the past.”

Typically most insurance companies will cover the treatment, but patients must prove they cannot tolerate the CPAP in order to get the appliance.

Without insurance, the treatment will cost about $2500.

Patients who are not good candidates for the treatment are those who don’t have enough teeth, because the appliance must hook onto a solid row of teeth.

For additional research on this article, click here.

Sign up for a free weekly e-mail on Medical Breakthroughs called First to Know by clicking here.

If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Kim Groves at


Gretchen Zody, DDS
Dentist/Sleep Expert

Related Articles in Latest Medical News:

 Doctor Contact
Medical Alerts!

[ Back to Dental Health Channel Home ]

Most Recent Videos

Follow Us On:

Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Twitter page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Facebook page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's YouTube page

Home | What's New | News Flash | Search/Latest Medical News | E-Mail Medical Alerts!
Ivanhoe FAQ | Privacy Policy | Our TV Partners | Awards | Useful Links | Play It Again, Please
RSS Feeds | Advertising/Sponsorships | Content Syndication | Reprints

Advances in health and medicine.
Copyright © 2016 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789

P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802

Premium Content in Latest Medical News Denotes Premium Content in Latest Medical News