Sleep Apnea Treatment
Orange County Santa Ana CA
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops. Untreated sleep apnea prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep. When breathing is paused, you are jolted out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp and productive the next day. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly or feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
When talking about obstructive sleep apnea treatment there are two primary choices: CPAP Therapy & Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
Dr. Saleh can determine and refer you to a sleep center to do a sleep study. It is common for those diagnosed with OSA to initiate their treatment with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). CPAP has a 100% chance of success even with very severe cases. CPAP therapy entails the patient having to wear a facemask to sleep. This mask is attached to a machine that pumps air down the airway. This serves to keep the airway open, thus allowing for proper breathing, and also puts an end to snoring.
The problem is a very large percentage of CPAP patients do not like wearing their mask and do not have severe apnea, thus making them the perfect candidates for oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Dental devices are a very viable alternative to CPAP therapy. A specially designed oral appliance repositions the lower jaw and tongue during sleep. It enlarges the airway by moving the tongue and jaw forward, thus creating more space for the air to flow. The appliances can be highly effective for those who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Benefits of an oral appliance include:
- Comfortable and easy to wear
- Small and convenient for travel
- Reversible and non-invasive
- Quiet, accepted by bed partner
- High compliance rate
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