Hilton Head Island New Research Brings Your Sleep Apnea From Disorder To A Deep Healthy ZZZZZZ
With advanced technology, times are changing. CPAP (that huge mask attached to a machine to help people breathe at night) was once the primary treatment for someone diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. The use of oral appliances are becoming more and more popular.
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine considers OAT to be the first and foremost method of treatment for mild to moderate cases of Sleep Apnea, and for those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. The appliance is a custom mouth guard which is easy to clean and small. It fits comfortably in a patients mouth to open up their airways.
To open the airways using an oral appliance results in pushing forward the lower jaw and base of the tongue. It has been a highly effective treatment for mild to severe Sleep Apnea cases. Off Island Dental Care the success rate is as high as 90%. The result is waking up feeling refreshed.
Disadvantages of a CPAP
- Dry nose and sore throat
- Irritation of the skin around the mask
- The band gets worn out and loose
- Nasal congestion and runny nose
- It’s a nuisance to transport for nights spent away from home
- The noises from the machine may impact a bed partner
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
- Its nonsurgical
- When compliant, it’s clinically proven to effectively treat sleep apnea and snoring.
- Oral appliances are silent, unlike CPAP
- No extra equipment makes it easy to travel
- Easy to clean
- Often covered under medical insurance, like CPAP
Off Island Dental is a leader in OAT because we have the technology to titrate the bite at the ideal position. Using a pharengometer and rhinometer, we make an impression for a custom appliance. It takes a couple of visits over a 3 week period to be fitted for an oral appliance. The results are great and patients have raved about the convenience of oral appliance therapy, unlike CPAP.
Do You Have A Sleep Study?
If not, that’s ok, too. We have a take home sleep study device available. This headband is worn for the duration of a sleep cycle. It records data for the sleep study interpreter. It’s as easy as taking the sleep study home and bringing it back to the office day. This study Sleep Apnea is not covered under medical insurance, but it’s affordable and well worth it.