We have a simple solution: Oral Appliance Therapy –
an alternative to the uncomfortable, bulky, loud and interruptive CPAP.
Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, fitting, and use of a specially designed appliance worn during sleep that maintains an opened unobstructed airway in the throat.
What do Oral Appliances do for Sleep Apnea:
Oral appliances that treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are small devices that are worn in the mouth similar to night guards and sports guards.
They help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat thereby, keeping the airway open during sleep and promote adequate air intake
Oral appliance thrapy can be used alone or can be used in combination with other means of treating OSA such as weight loss, CPAP or surgery.
• Patients with primary snoring or mild OSA who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change.
• Patients with moderate to severe OSA should have an initial trial of CPAP, due to greater effectiveness than the use of oral appliances.
• Patients with moderate to severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patient who refuse treatment or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations or tracheostomy.
The Greek word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” Sleep apnea is an involuntary cessation of breathing that occurs while the patient is asleep.
There are three types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed. Of the three, obstructive sleep apnea, often called OSA for short, is the most common.
Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night, and often for a minute or longer. In most cases the sleeper is unaware of these breath stoppages because they don’t trigger a full awakening.
• High Blood Pressure
• Heart Disease / Stroke
• Automobile Accidents caused by Drowsiness
Sleep apnea is seen more frequently among men than among women. A major symptom is extremely loud snoring, sometimes so loud that bed partners find it intolerable.
Other indications that sleep apnea may be present are obesity, persistent daytime sleepiness, bouts of awakening out of breath during the night, and frequently waking in the morning with a dry mouth or a headache.
Only a sleep study in a sleep laboratory or a home sleep study can show definitively that sleep apnea is present and how severe it is.