Find Relief with Comprehensive Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic disorder and effective long-term treatment is necessary to prevent related health risks. The standard of care in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which is highly effective. Despite this, CPAP has well-documented limitations, with diminishing patient acceptance and compliance.
Hence, oral appliances are the best alternative to the PAP and patients often report preferring oral appliances to positive air pressure treatment, with better acceptance and compliance, irrespective of the level of severity of their apnea. The team at Advanced Dental Sleep Medicine can determine whether this treatment is right for you at our Stratford, Guilford, or New Haven, CT, location.
Understanding the Importance of Treatment
Sleep-related breathing disorders can have life-altering effects on one’s health. The side effects may cause an increase in blood pressure, loss of cognitive thinking and concentration during daily tasks, falling asleep during the day, while at work or even behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. The aforementioned can collectively affect the patient’s overall quality of life.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is simple, effective, and comfortable. To design an effective oral appliance that meets your needs, our experts, in collaboration with your sleep specialist, will carefully analyze the information obtained during your sleep study. Your dental sleep practitioner will then take impressions of your teeth to ensure a customized and precise fit.
Oral appliance therapy is simple, effective, and comfortable.
A custom fabricated oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the lower jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway during sleep. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and all levels of severity of obstructive sleep apnea. This can lead to a better quality of sleep and restore the level of alertness during wakeful hours. Oral appliance therapy is effective, non-invasive, easy to wear, and convenient to travel. The treatment fits easily into patients' everyday lifestyle.
Other Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
For some patients, the sleep physician may prescribe other suitable treatment options for their sleep apnea.
Positive Airway Pressure
Positive airway pressure (PAP) works by pushing a continuous stream of air into the airway, which prevents the collapse of tissue. Most patients prefer to avoid this treatment method as it involves wearing a mask and can be cumbersome throughout the night.
In the majority of pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea, swollen adenoids or tonsils, or a combination of the two, may be the cause or may contribute to their apnea. They often present with mouth breathing during sleep, lack of attention and agitation during wakeful hours, and often evidence of unusual upper and lower jaw narrowing. When this is the case, we often recommend a consultation with their pediatrician or ear, nose, and throat specialist. The appropriate treatment can dramatically improve symptoms in children.
In some cases, misaligned teeth or a misaligned jaw can contribute to sleep apnea in children. By seeking orthodontic treatment, you may reduce your child’s symptoms of the condition.
Learn More About Our Sleep Apnea Treatments
If you or your child is suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea, we can help you find relief. Contact our office today by calling (203) 689-5313 or use our online form to schedule a screening and learn more about our treatments.