For many years, Sleep Apnea was treated with basically two options. One was surgery and the other is CPAP therapy. The CPAP has long been the gold standard treatment for sleep apnea and has certainly saved countless thousands of lives.
However, there is a large number of people who have been prescribed the CPAP who do not wear it or use it to treat their sleep apnea. Most of the reasons revolve around the noise of the machine, dealing with the hose and not being able to wear the mask. Some complain of feeling to closed in while others have problems of the mask slipping and sliding all over their face.
This generally causes them to throw the CPAP in the closet or under the bed to never be worn again. The problem with this is that their sleep apnea still goes untreated and the health risk continue to mount.
It’s estimated that 50% or more of those who have been prescribed the CPAP for the treatment of their sleep apnea are going untreated because they cannot wear the CPAP. This is too high of a number to ignore.
A New Solution For Comfort, Freedom and A Restful Sleep
Most sleep apnea sufferers know about the CPAP but many of them no nothing about Oral Appliance Therapy. Even though a few forms of oral appliance therapy have been around for many years, still most patients do not know it even exist.
Many of you have probably seen advertisements on TV for a device that you buy from a local pharmacy that you boil in water and then bite down on. You then sleep with this device in your mouth all night and it is supposed to stop snoring.
The ads talk about snoring which is the primary symptom that a person could have sleep apnea.
These types of devices are a simple form of oral appliance therapy and may work for a short time but the fail to provide long lasting relief from snoring and sleep apnea.
What’s The Difference Between the Boil and Bite Devices and What A Dentist Offers?
There are few major differences and some are very important.
First; you need to have a sleep study done to effectively diagnose whether or not you have sleep apnea and how it severe it is. You cannot get the right level of treatment if you don’t know the facts about your personal case.
Secondly; you are getting the help of a qualified professional that can help monitor your progress to see if you are sleeping better as well as if other health issues you are having as a result of sleep apnea are improving.
Thirdly; the boil and bite devices are not made to effectively treat sleep apnea.
Here is the difference in why an Oral Appliance from your dentist is more affective than what you can buy at your local store.
There is a process involved for getting the best result.
Once you have your sleep study done and it is determined how severe your sleep apnea is, we then take impressions of your teeth using a special gauge that will aid us in making your device.
The way the device is made is critical to your success.
During a sleep apnea episode, the soft tissue in the back of the throat falls into the airway. Sometimes it partially obstructs the airway and in some cases there is full obstruction of the airway.
The Oral Appliance is made to advance your lower jaw forward lifting the soft tissue out of the back of throat in order to let the air pass unobstructed.
If your airway is obstructed and your body doesn’t get the oxygen it needs to help heal itself, then you will begin to experience a variety of health issues and some of them are life threatening.
There are several companies that make oral appliances and each of them achieve this objective of advancing the lower jaw forward in slightly different ways.
More than 90% of those who use oral appliance therapy have reported dramatic changes in their sleep and health.
So does it work and is it effective?
The answer is an overwhelming yes!
Patients who report back to us after having oral appliance therapy have reported major changes in their sleep and their health. Many of them who have had high blood pressure and struggled with obesity are now getting their lives back. Many have gotten off of medications all because their body is now able to heal itself with good and restful sleep.
If you live in the Corona area and you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but cannot wear the CPAP, then we have a solution for you. Let us help you get back on the road to great health and a great nights sleep with oral appliance therapy.
Call for a consultation today.