Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep. There are numerous side effects of the disorder, including diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, weight gain, and even sudden death. There are two different types of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and central sleep apnea. OSA is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses while sleeping. OSA is the type of sleep apnea our practice treats.
When considering OSA treatment, it’s important to remember that the gold standard for treatment is the CPAP machine. However, statistics show that approximately 30% of CPAP users actually wear their CPAP masks after one year. Of those people, most become CPAP intolerant and experience difficulties with claustrophobia, dryness, difficulty traveling, and other social issues. Oral appliance therapy is a wonderful alternative to the CPAP treatment.
Many patients with severe sleep apnea, who need to wear a CPAP, find comfort in combining therapies of oral appliance therapy in conjunction with their CPAP machine. The repositioning of the mandible helps to open the airway, allowing CPAP users to turn down the pressure on their masks, resulting in higher tolerance and usage.
Oral appliances are proven to reduce or alleviate nighttime snoring and OSA for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and patients with severe sleep apnea who are CPAP intolerant.
Dr. Gregg Testerman at Testerman Dental is trained in sleep medicine and treating sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy. He feels passionately about spreading sleep apnea awareness and would love to help you find relief with snoring and sleep apnea problems. Before having surgery or struggling to sleep with a CPAP breathing machine, speak with one of our doctors about trying an oral appliance. Call us to schedule a consultation appointment at 513.932.4806