Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea in Burlington, MA
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea, cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time while sleeping, typically receive treatment using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This is the gold standard in treatment of sleep apnea. These traditional treatments help patients sleep soundly by using air to keep the throat clear during sleep. The reality is many patients find themselves unable to adapt to CPAP therapy due to the loud noises, bulky and uncomfortable face masks, and inability to easily transport their CPAP systems. These patients leave their sleep apnea untreated which can lead to significant worsening of several medical conditions. These patients may want to consider contacting Complete Dental Care to find out more about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea or to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
What is Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders. It occurs when patients experience cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during sleep, and while most patient have some apnea events during sleep, patients who suffer from disordered sleep can have 100s of these events each night. Every time patients experience one of these apnea events, the body triggers a panic response to restart breathing. Unfortunately, this panic also wakes patients up, and even if you don’t remember waking, the repeated stirrings can significantly diminish the quality of sleep. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea often feel exhausted even after sleeping for eight or more hours. The cumulative effects of sleep deprivation can make it difficult to concentrate, cause patients to experience memory loss and mood swings, and lead to numerous health concerns, including elevated blood pressure.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Right for Me?
No treatment is right for every patient, and we’ll help you find the right solution for your unique sleep apnea needs. The American Sleep Apnea Association and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine recommend patients seek treatment from a dental sleep apnea specialist in the following situations:
- CPAP intolerance
- The need for a more portable sleep apnea treatment solution
- They find themselves inadequately treated by CPAP alone and combined therapy may improve their quality of sleep