There is a comfortable treatment for sleep apnea called “oral appliance therapy”. Oral appliance therapy uses a mouthguard type of device that is worn while you sleep. The appliance opens your airway so it is unobstructed, allowing you to have uninterrupted sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliance therapy as a comfortable, effective alternative to a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, for mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Dr. Strickland has been providing comfortable and effective oral appliance therapy for over nine years. Through intensive questions and answers, and thorough diagnostics, he will be able to provide the correct appliance to help you. Your nights of interrupted sleep can be a thing of the past.
If you think you may have sleep apnea, or have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea by your physician, and would like to find out more about our comfortable oral appliance therapy, come in for our $59 Sleep Apnea Consultation. You can discuss sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Strickland and find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you. During the consultation, you will receive the following:
* If you haven’t had a sleep study done, Dr. Strickland will recommend that you get one through your physician. Once we have the results, we will be able to narrow down your treatment options.
Until recently, the main treatment for sleep apnea has been using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. This machine delivers a steady flow of air through a mask into your nose and mouth, forcing your airway open. Unfortunately, the CPAP machine itself is noisy, the mask can be uncomfortable and the machine is bulky to take with you when traveling.
Dr. Strickland offers a simple, effective alternative to CPAP, called “oral appliance therapy”. He has been providing this treatment method for over nine years, with great success.
An effective and comfortable solution
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, comfortable alternative to CPAP. The oral appliance is a mouthguard-like appliance. It works by moving your lower jaw forward slightly to a comfortable position. Just by this slight forward movement, the airway in the back of your throat opens and will not relax and collapse while you sleep. The oral appliance doesn’t rely on a machine that makes noise, as CPAP machines do. The appliance fits into your mouth, so no mask is necessary, and it’s completely portable.
Studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy. These studies have shown that this type of treatment is very effective for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which there are constant pauses in breathing during sleep. (“Apnea” comes from the Greek word “apnous”, meaning “without breath”.) These pauses can last from a few seconds up to a few minutes, and can occur hundreds of times every night. When the muscles in the back of the throat relax too much while sleeping, the lower jaw falls backwards and obstructs the airway. This is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA is the most common type of sleep apnea.
A person with sleep apnea will never feel well-rested when they wake up. If the condition is severe, the result can be sleep and oxygen deprivation, which will affect a person’s overall health. Conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain and heart problems can occur when a body doesn’t get proper sleep and enough oxygen over a long period of time.
Following are some of the more typical sleep apnea symptoms:
If you would like to find out if you are at risk from sleep apnea, take these simple online tests. Along with these online tests, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Strickland for a consultation, where he will conduct an examination and ask you a series of questions about your sleep patterns. If you haven’t had a sleep study, Dr. Strickland will have you set one up through your physician.
Through a detailed diagnosis, along with questions, answers and consultations, Dr. Strickland makes sure you get the correct oral appliance for your specific sleep apnea condition. Once your appliance is fitted, your airway will stay open, allowing for a restful, uninterrupted sleep.