Four Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
1. Diet and Weight Loss - this is best for cases that are very mild in severity. This is only if your physician sees this as a possibility for reduction of apnea episodes. To see if you this works you would need a follow up sleep test a few months after your initial one.
2. CPAP - this treatment option is best for severe cases. This treatment has been around for many years and is the standard medical treatment option for sleep apnea
3. Oral Appliance - this option is an EXCELLENT option for mild to moderate cases as first line treatment and a secondary treatment options for CPAP intolerant patients. See information below for more information.
4. Surgical - this is a last resort when all non surgical treatment have failed to adequately control apnea episodes. A referral to an ENT surgeon is given to evaluate the upper airway, tonsils, adenoids and other structures to see if surgical intervention would be helpful.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. Here is a guide to help you get started with this life-changing treatment.
About Oral Appliance Therapy
Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can provide oral appliance therapy. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Your dentist will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
Easy to wear
Convenient for travel
Easy to care for
Living with Oral Appliance Therapy
Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly. It is likely that you will sleep better, have more energy and feel sharper throughout the day. You may find that your bed partner begins to sleep better, too!
Treating sleep apnea promotes a healthier heart, body, and mind. With your dentist’s help, you can improve your sleep and your health!
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