Oral Appliance Therapy For Treating Sleep Apnea

There Is An Alternative To CPAP Therapy

oral appliance therapyFor several years, the CPAP has been the standard for the treatment of sleep apnea.

The problem is that compliance with CPAP treatment is very low due to a variety of reasons such as:

·     Feelings of being claustrophobic (feeling of being closed-in)

·     Condensation build up in the mask

·     Trouble sleeping with the hose

·     Noise from the machine

If a person is not able to wear the CPAP, it generally ends up under the bed on in a closet and the patients sleep apnea goes untreated.

When the sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to a variety of health problems and even death.

Recent news stories have shed light on everyone from athletes to famous movie actors and actresses who have suffered with and even died from sleep apnea.

This means that getting your sleep apnea treated is of the utmost importance.  Not treating it can lead to serious consequences.

It’s Time To Get M.A.D.

M.A.D. is an acronym for Mandibular Advancement Device.  This is a treatment for sleep apnea that much of the public doesn’t know anything about.

Some have seen forms of the device on television.  These are the stop snoring devices that you heat up in water in the bite down on.  You then sleep with this device in your mouth to help prevent snoring.

These devices can provide minimal relief.  However, there is a device that is custom made for you and can be adjusted for your particular situation in order to get you the best results.

Oral Appliance Therapy and How It Works

This treatment is called Oral Appliance Therapy.  Unlike the boil and bite devices you see, we make an impression of your bite and then have a device custom made for you so you get the best fit.

Here is how the device works and what makes it so great for treating sleep apnea.

The device is custom fit to your mouth and comes with a set of bite wings on the top and bottom of the device. The top bite wings can be adjusted forward or backward.

By advancing the bite wings forward, we can easily and comfortably advance the lower jaw forward opening your airway and letting air pass like it should and stopping the fluttering noise you hear that we call snoring.

With this device, you can speak, drink water and move about without having to unhook hoses or pull off a mask.  It really is the total freedom device.

How Do You Get Started With Oral Appliance Therapy

If you think you have sleep apnea and you haven’t had a sleep study done to verify it, then that is your first step.  You can call our office and we will be glad to help you get that done.

If you have had a sleep study and you were prescribed a CPAP but cannot wear it, then your first step is to call our office and setup an appointment for a consultation, bring in your sleep study and any other information our team may ask you for.

Once we determine that you can move forward with the device, we will then take impressions in order to have your device made just for you.

When the device is made and returned to our office, you will then come in and the process to get it to fit perfectly begins.

This may mean more than one appointment until you are back to sleeping like a baby.

If you have sleep apnea but cannot wear the CPAP, then give our office a call today.  You do not want to let your sleep apnea go untreated as the health risk are just too great.

 

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