CPAP has been the long standing go-to treatment for sleep apnea sufferers, and many of the patients we treat are surprised to hear they have other options. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has made recommendations for patients suffering from mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) to consider oral appliance therapy from a qualified dentist as an alternative. This is especially good news for those OSA sufferers who have been deemed CPAP intolerant by their sleep doctors. The Stop Snoring Lawton team is here to help, if you’re suffering from snoring, OSA, or are CPAP intolerant.
Patients should consider all of their treatment options to ensure they have chosen the right solution for their unique needs. Oral Appliance Therapy will offer adequate treatment for patients in all of the following situations:
If you’ve ever completed a CPR course, you likely remember that you should tilt the persons head back and position the jaw forward in order to clear their airway before you begin CPR or mouth to mouth breathing. An oral appliance uses this same method to clear an obstructed airway, allowing patients to sleep soundly through the night. The appliances will gently push the jaw forward. This places pressure on the throat muscles and prevents obstruction. Many CPAP intolerant patients find Oral Appliance Therapy a much more comfortable alternative to their CPAP masks. However, before moving forward with Oral Appliance Therapy, patients should be aware of some side effects that may occur as they adjust to their appliance. Some of the common patient experiences during this adjustment period include:
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA) set the standards in care for patients suffering from sleep apnea. These three organizations offer continuing education, certification, and training for doctors and dentists who wish to expand their knowledge and ability when it comes to treating sleep apnea sufferers. Dr. Drummond has achieved the highest status within the ASBA. As a Diplomate within this organization, he is able to provide quality, effective sleep apnea therapies, and he and his team work hard to exceed the highest patient expectations.
In keeping with recommendations outlined by these three regulating organizations, patients should consider visiting a dentist for Oral Appliance Therapy in the following situations:
We offer effective, predictable sleep apnea therapy using a variety of custom crafted oral appliances. These appliances may be also be referred to as occlusal splints. They keep the airway clear by shifting the jaw forward. This puts pressure on the throat muscles and prevents blockage of airflow during sleep. We use numerous popular oral appliance brands, and we’ll work with you to determine which of these appliances best matches your sleep apnea therapy needs.
At the Lawton sleep dentistry practice of David J. Drummond, DDS, we offer effective treatment for sleep apnea sufferers. If you’re looking to sleep better and improve your daytime energy levels, it’s time to schedule a consultation with our dedicated sleep dentist. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today.