Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA
If you have a tough time using your CPAP machine for OSA, call and schedule an appointment with Chittenden Dental.
As a licensed dental sleep medicine doctor, the sleep medicine specialist in Burlington is ready to help you with oral appliance therapy.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
If you follow this blog, you will recall that obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially deadly disorder if not treated properly.
OSA causes the back of the throat to close. So much so, that the person suffering wakes up gasping because he or she cannot breathe. What is worse is that the person may not even know they have obstructive sleep apnea.
Signs of OSA
- Loud Snoring
- Gasping for Breath
- Waking with a Headache
- Dry Mouth
- Mood Swings
- Low Libido
- Daytime Sleepiness
- OSA Treatments
In the past, CPAP therapy, a hose connected to a mask connected to a machine, was the only way to treat OSA, but it isn’t these days.
Because a CPAP machine is so cumbersome, it makes it tough to sleep. This means quite a few people will abandon the machine going back to the same old patterns of obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy Works
Oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate sleep apnea works wonders and is much more comfortable than a CPAP machine.
Dr. Mike Morris, a licensed sleep medicine dentist will prescribe the best solutions for your obstructive sleep apnea. This could be oral appliance therapy using custom made mouth guards or custom designed splints.
Unlike CPAP therapy, which forces air down the throat to help the person breathe, oral appliance therapy gently holds the tongue and airways into position so that the throat doesn’t close. This is much more comfortable way to ease the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
If you are overweight, have a large neck or are a man you have a higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea. If you have tonsils and adenoids you also have a higher risk of OSA. While children do suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, it usually disappears as they get older.
People who smoke and drink alcohol regularly are in the high risk category for OSA as our people who suffer from certain systemic diseases. Those who take certain over the counter and prescription medications may also find themselves suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Help for OSA in Burlington
If you have been diagnosed with OSA and are tired of CPAP therapy, call and schedule a consultation with Chittenden Dental today.