TREATMENT OPTIONS

Due to the distinct differences between each case of sleep apnea, there are various ways that your sleep apnea can be treated, and no single solution is right for all patients. Sleep apnea can be treated by changing aspects of your lifestyle, through the use of a CPAP machine, or by using an oral appliance.

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Lifestyle changes may be adequate in helping mild cases of sleep apnea: Getting the right amounts of exercise daily can help patients lose weight that is potentially aggravating their sleep apnea.


Lifestyle Change

LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Lifestyle changes may be adequate in helping mild cases of sleep apnea: Getting the right amounts of exercise daily can help patients lose weight that is potentially aggravating their sleep apnea.


CPAP

The most commonly prescribed device for the treatment of severe sleep apnea is the CPAP machine, which provides continuous airflow to maintain an open airway for breathing during sleep.  However, some people find the CPAP mask to be uncomfortable or the machine operation to be disruptive, and therefore become non-compliant.

CPAP

CPAP

The most commonly prescribed device for the treatment of severe sleep apnea is the CPAP machine, which provides continuous airflow to maintain an open airway for breathing during sleep.  However, some people find the CPAP mask to be uncomfortable or the machine operation to be disruptive, and therefore become non-compliant.


ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

An oral appliance is often successful in treating patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and also for those who are non-compliant to CPAP therapy.

ORAL APPLIANCE While the CPAP was once the primary treatment for sleep apnea, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine considers oral appliances to be the first and foremost methods of treatment for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, and for those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is increasingly gaining popularity as a first-line treatment option for many persons diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT OAT

  • Oral appliances push the lower jaw and base of the tongue forward and away from the back of the throat.
  • Oral appliance therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea cases, with success rates as high as 90%.
  • OAT has a much higher rate of acceptance by patients and is considered the one of the best alternatives to treating sleep apnea for those who are non-CPAP compliant
  • Many patients say it’s as easy as putting in a custom mouthpiece before going to sleep, and claim to feeling refreshed upon waking after the first night of use.
  • Oral appliances are best custom fitted and administered by a specially trained dental sleep medicine professional, who will take impressions to fit a unique oral appliance to each patient, and then adjust, or calibrate, the appliance over time to achieve maximum relief.

WEST PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE

WEST PENNSYLVANIA DENTAL SLEEP MEDICINE

300 Walnut Place South, Beaver PA, 15009
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