Sleep Apnea

Do You Snore, Grind Your Teeth, Or Stop Breathing At Night?

It is estimated that more than 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea.

Adults who are most likely to have sleep apnea:
• Snore loudly
• Are overweight
• Have high blood pressure
• Have a decreased size of the airways in their nose, throat, or mouth.

This can be caused by the shape of these structures or by medical conditions causing congestion in these areas, such as hay fever or other allergies.
• Have a family history of sleep apnea
• Daytime sleepiness

Ask us how we can help you with the best oral sleep appliance for your needs.

CPAP verses and oral airway appliance:

CPAP: Continuous positive airway pressure device is the most common medical treatment for moderate to severe obstructive apnea. Unfortunately only 40% of patients are able to tolerate the device itself. Patients may feel claustrophobic and some find the equipment to be aggravating. Compliance is often a struggle. The strap and head gear required to keep the face mask on during sleep may cause discomfort and pressure on the face. However these therapies should be thoroughly considered with all patients who have obstructive sleep apnea.

Oral airway appliance: Oral appliances are made specifically for each individual. All are removable and are effective in increasing the airway, reducing snoring and decreasing or eliminating apnea events. Appliances are also portable for traveling and great for long flights. Advantages to oral sleep appliance are cost effective, non-invasive, good patient acceptance, long term compliance.

 

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