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Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a potentially, life-threatening breathing medical disorder that occurs when there is complete blockage of your respiratory airway causing no airflow for 10 seconds or more during sleep. OSA is caused by a blockage by the soft tissues of the throat – the soft palate, the uvula, the soft lining tissues of the throat, and the tongue – as they relax, fall back and collapse during your sleep.

"How would I know if I have Sleep Apnea?"

Most people who have Sleep Apnea have not been diagnosed yet! People who have Sleep Apnea often have other symptoms which can go unnoticed for years. Usually the first person to notice OSA is a spouse or bed partner, since the loved one keeps them up with loud snoring, gasping or choking sounds, or restless sleep.

Consider the loud snoring, gasping or choking sounds as your body's alarm bells going off – warning you that your entire body is very upset and disturbed – not just your breathing and your sleep.

Sleep Apnea increases your risk of heart disease more than smoking, drinking and obesity COMBINED!

Facts About Snoring:
Did you know...
87 million of Americans Snore
47 million are suffering from a Sleep Breathing Disorder
40 million are sufferers of Sleep Apnea
and only 10% have been treated!

Major Signs and Symptoms:
• Loud, Chronic Snoring
• Choking, snorting or gasping during sleep
• Long Pauses in breathing
• Daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed

What are the Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are three treatment options for OSA. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP has always been the standard of care for Sleep Apnea, but a lot of patients can't tolerate sleeping with the mask and hoses. Another alternative has been surgery. This entails surgically removing soft tissue from the throat to make the airway more open while you sleep. The surgical procedure requires recovery time and can be painful.

Dr. Monette offers a simple and more comfortable alternative, Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral Appliance Therapy refers to the use of a dental appliance, similar to an athletic mouth guard, which is worn in the mouth during sleep. Studies have shown that patients with a well-fitted, custom oral appliance has effectively reduced and significantly relieved symptoms of mild to moderate OSA.

Imagine the possibilities…. Sleep without CPAP or surgery

What is it and how Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
Custom made oral appliance reposition the tongue and lower jaw forward during sleep to maintain an open airway to prevent the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Follow-up visits post-adjustment sleep studies help herbstDr. Monette determine if oral appliance therapy is effectively treating your sleep apnea.

Who should use an Oral Appliance?
Oral Appliance Therapy is indicated for mild to moderate OSA patients. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the standard treatment therapy. Oral Appliance Therapy is recommended for those who want an alternative for their mild to moderate OSA or who cannot tolerate the CPAP.

Take Our Survey and See if you are At Risk!
Answer Yes or No to the following questions:
Have you ever been told you stop breathing while you sleep?
Have you ever fallen asleep or nodded off while driving?
Have you ever woken up suddenly with shortness of breath, gasping or heart racing?
Do you feel excessively sleepy during the day?
Do you snore or have you been told that you snore?
Have you had weight gain and found it difficult to lose?
Have you taken medication for or being diagnosed with high blood pressure?
Do you jerk or kick your legs while sleeping?
Do you feel burning, tingling or crawling sensations in your legs when you wake up?
Do you wake up with headaches during the night or in the morning?
Do you have trouble falling asleep?
Do you have trouble staying asleep once you fall asleep?
If you found any of these statements to be true, it's time for a consult!
You may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Mild and Moderate cases of Sleep Apnea can be treated with a custom oral appliance, made to fit in our office. Most Medical insurance policies cover treatment of OSA and CPAP alternatives.