Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is one of the preferred treatments for sleep apnea, but it’s not your only option. At Sleep Cycle Center in Austin and Lakeway, Texas, Chad Denman, DDS, and the team of sleep specialists offer oral appliance therapy to treat patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). To find out more about oral appliance therapy and how it might help you, call the nearest office today or schedule a consultation online. Telehealth appointments are available.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a severe sleep disorder that causes ongoing disruptions in breathing while you sleep. There are a few types of sleep apnea, but OSA is the most common — and the most dangerous.
OSA causes the muscles in your throat to relax while you sleep, partially or entirely obstructing the flow of air into your lungs. Your diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to reopen the airway, causing a gasp or jerking motion.
This interrupted breathing pattern can repeat 30 or more times every hour while you sleep for 10 seconds or more.
Oral appliance therapy is one of the treatments available at Sleep Cycle Center for OSA. The oral appliance therapy device is small and portable without tubes or machines.
For many patients with sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is a more comfortable treatment than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
CPAP requires you to wear a mask covering your mouth or nose or both. The mask has a hose that connects to a machine that increases air pressure in your throat, keeping the airway open.
After an OSA diagnosis, Sleep Cycle Center team spends time talking to you about all of the available treatments. They help you find the one you think will best fit your lifestyle. When it comes to treating sleep apnea, the team focuses on finding methods you’ll use.
Using this therapy is the best way to control your sleep apnea and improve your sleep and quality of life.
You’ll be a candidate for oral appliance therapy if you have mild to moderate OSA. If you have severe OSA, the team will recommend combining oral appliance therapy with other sleep apnea treatments.
Oral appliance therapy works by moving the jaw forward, opening the blocked airway. Some oral devices have a tongue suppression feature that prevents the tongue from falling back and blocking the airway.
By keeping the airway clear, the oral device allows air to flow smoothly so that patients get a better night’s sleep with less snoring.
Sleep Cycle Center offers several FDA-approved oral devices, which they custom-fit so that patients get the most effective treatment with the greatest level of comfort.
Call Sleep Cycle Center today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea.