The Best Care: Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Your sleep greatly affects your life. The good news is that help is available!! If you think you may have sleep apnea or you know someone who might, please ASK US for HELP. Treating sleep apnea can add more life to your years and more years to your life.
Oral appliance therapy is a widely used and accepted method of treating sleep apnea. The “gold standard” therapy for sleep apnea is still continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), but there are many patients who are not able to tolerate it.
If you have tried to use CPAP but have given up on using it, an oral appliance may be for you. Call us to see if you are a candidate for an oral appliance!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the term for when the airway collapses, either partially or fully, while someone is asleep. This limits or blocks the ability for air to flow into the lungs. As the person continues to try and breathe, the airway constricts, no matter how hard they try to keep breathing. Once this happens, the person will change the position of their tongue and jaw so that the airway is now open. This usually is followed by the person gasping or snorting. Finally, the person affected will begin this process again.
What are the effects?
The effects of this are harmful. It not only makes it harder to breathe, which can be dangerous, but it also leads to less restful sleep. When the airways constrict, the brain “awakens” the person so that they are sleeping more lightly. Spurts of gasping and snorting can repeat hundreds of times throughout the night, disrupting sleep all around.
How is it treated?
Your quality of life can be affected greatly by the quality of the sleep you get. Fortunately, help for those suffering with a lack of sleep is easily accessible from a sleep clinic. You can usually get treatment without the need for medications.