How is Sleep Apnea treated?
The treatment prescribed for Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea is typically a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for "Continuous Positive Air Pressure", and is a device that uses air under pressure to keep the airway from collapsing.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that a Dental Sleep Appliance be offered as a first line therapy option.
There are a variety of makes, models and mask types, and they are nearly 100% effective for the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. However, many patients can't or won't tolerate the treatment, and studies estimate that only 40-50% of patients are compliant with therapy.
For Patients with a Mild or Moderate diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that a Dental Sleep Appliance be offered as a first line therapy option. A Dental Sleep Appliance is custom made for each patient by a Dentist trained in Sleep Disorders. The appliance works by comfortably repositioning the lower jaw and tongue forward to open the airway and prevent its collapse during sleep.