You are not alone! Sleep apnea can be scary & CPAP can, too!
Sleep Apnea is a huge issue that often doesn’t get the attention it needs or deserves. It impacts virtually everyone – either personally or through someone we know or love. So far medical schools haven’t put an emphasis on sleep apnea, so it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge, not only about it, but oral appliances, given the struggles that people have with CPAP.
For those patients who do not do well using the CPAP machine, or don’t think they’ll do well with one, there are many companies who have created other treatment methods. The best alternative to CPAP is the use of oral appliance therapy (OAT). OAT has been long recognized throughout the dental world as the best alternative treatment and according to the 2015 guidelines issued by the by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), oral appliances are recommended for any patient who is CPAP intolerant or who prefers alternate therapy. Oral appliances are worn at night and are generally compared to mouthpieces. They are designed in such a way that they move the lower jaw forward which then moves the soft tissues of the throat, such as the tongue, forward as well.
Does the CPAP Have You Wondering or Confused?
Are you interested in learning more about oral appliance therapy (OAT)? If you live in the Mooresville area or can travel to our Mooresville (Lake Norman) office, and you’re unsure if Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is right for you, call Dr. Cox’s dental office at 704-964-6404. Patients can also schedule a virtual airway evaluation & consultation with Dr. Ronald Cox, DDS directly to discuss OAT and other sleep apnea treatment options that are out there. Don’t let your sleep apnea go untreated! Dr. Ronald Cox, DDS at Good Night Dentistry can help find the ideal treatment that you need.