A device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most commonly-prescribed treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). But a lot of people find it more trouble than it’s worth, and stop using it. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Montgomery we have a lot of success treating OSA with oral appliance therapy.
If you stop using the CPAP, of course, you’re defeating the purpose. What is it about CPAP that so many people don’t like?
For one things, it requires you to wear a mask while you sleep. The mask has a hose that connects to the machine, and blows a steady stream of air that keeps you breathing.
There are different types of masks, and newer designs are aimed at better comfort. But a lot of patients just can’t get used to wearing a mask while they’re in bed.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances, sometimes called mandibular advancement devices (MADs), look like athletic mouthguards. There are various designs, but most fit over the upper and lower teeth and are hinged together.
They work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue into a more forward position. This helps keep the throat muscles from collapsing over the airway, which is what causes the sleep apnea problems.
Oral appliances are most effective in mild to moderate caes of OSA, so it begins with an accurate diagnosis. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Montgomery, sleep apnea and its treatment is our among our services. People from Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and Kenwood also come here for cosmetic dentistry. Call for an appointment today!
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