Sleep Apnea News
Over the past 8 years, Dr. Alpher has been working on a project related to advances in oral appliance titration and how to condense the entire process from beginning to end. He was recently awarded a research grant to implement this study and will be working jointly with several other medical professionals and researchers to accomplish this process.
Dr. Alpher is using an ICAT 3D imaging system, which produces detailed imaging of the entire head and neck. It was specifically custom designed for Dr. Alpher and is the only one of it’s kind in the country.
The entire scan of the head and neck takes a mere 8 seconds and produces color images of the complete sinus system, nasal structures and cervical spine, including C1-C7.
At present, when a patient receives an oral appliance it takes several appointments to correctly calibrate the most effective and comfortable position. This process is expensive and time consuming for the patient and presents a considerable challenge to the sleep dentist.
It is extremely important to determine the correct settings otherwise a risk of moving the mandible too far anteriorly, which has the potential to cause jaw joint pain and/or TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). The current standard of care is to titrate over the course of 3-6 appointments. With this innovative technology the specialized dentist will now have the ability to deliver and adjust the appliance in a single visit.