Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that can affect patients in the Owensboro area. Drs. Thompson and Frey are concerned when patients are not complying with treatments they may have received after diagnosis. In many instances, physicians suggest the use of a CPAP machine. The CPAP device (which stands for continuous positive airway pressure) is a machine that keeps air flowing through the nose and mouth as patients sleep. It is used to avoid development of the symptoms of sleep apnea and allow patients to reach the deep, restorative sleep they require to function properly every day. However, these cumbersome machines make it difficult for patients to comply with treatment.
There is another way to address obstructive sleep apnea. One beneficial treatment includes the use of oral appliance therapy. It requires patients to wear a plastic mouth guard when they sleep. The oral appliance works by realigning the jaw to open the airway and help in holding the tongue down. Patients who deal with concerns such as bruxism (the clenching and grinding of the teeth while they sleep) will also enjoy the added benefit this appliance can provide in protecting their teeth from unnecessary wear from their condition.
Patients who undergo oral appliance therapy for their obstructive sleep apnea are often much more compliant with treatment. Oral appliances are easy to clean, comfortable to wear, and travel well. Patients find they enjoy oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP use, and are more apt to wear their mouth guard regularly to reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea.
If you have received a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, skip the CPAP machine and visit Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. We can provide a custom-made oral appliance to aid in the reduction of obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, thus improving your overall quality of life. Contact us today, even if you’re a new patient to our practice. We are excited to meet you and help you with effective treatment of your sleep disorder.