What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA) occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing the soft tissues to collapse and block the airway. This is frequently accompanied by loud and frequent snoring, or even pauses in breathing. This can occur for anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute, and can happen up to hundreds of times per night.
How do I know if I have obstructive sleep apnea?
Common symptoms include loud, frequent snoring; breathing pauses or gasping for air; excessive daytime sleepiness, or the ability to fall asleep anywhere; acid reflux; high blood pressure; morning headaches; waking up multiple times per night to use the bathroom.
To know for sure if you have obstructive sleep apnea, we can work with your doctor to get a diagnosis. This will often require a sleep study. If you don’t have a doctor already, don’t worry. We work with many doctors and can help you with a referral.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)?
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is an effective, non-invasive treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that fits easily into your lifestyle. It uses a mouthguard-like device worn while you sleep to keep your jaw in the best position and help you breathe easily. Whether you snore or have OSA, this prevents the airway from becoming obstructed at night and helps relieve your symptoms.
Many types of oral appliances are available, and I will work with you to design and custom-fit the perfect appliance for your needs. Our custom designs help us deliver maximum comfort and symptom relief.
What are the benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)?
Patients like our oral appliances because they are comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel, and easy to clean.
The traditionally prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. It involves sleeping with a facemask connected by tubing to a constantly running machine. Although CPAP is effective, up to half of patients don’t adhere to the treatment. We’re able to provide an alternative with oral appliance therapy.
What are the risks of NOT treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Ignoring your disease should not be an option!
If left untreated, sleep apnea can be a potentially life threatening condition. It can increase the risk for other serious health problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and impotence.
In addition to these health risks, due to daytime sleepiness and lower alertness levels you may be at a higher risk of car accidents, workplace mishaps, or even accidents around the home. Some studies have shown that those with untreated OSA died years earlier than those receiving treatment.
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