Although obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can seriously affect the sleep patterns, and therefore overall health of sufferers, the most common treatment may not appeal to all. OSA is characterized by stoppages in breathing as you sleep, which can happen dozens of times a night. This is because the airway is blocked by the soft tissue of the tongue or back of the throat, as well as the adenoids.
The most common treatment for those suffering from OSA is something called the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system. This treatment has successfully treated many people by supplying a constant stream of air through the mouth and nose, but many others may have trouble with using, or continuing to use, it.
The CPAP system requires that its users wear a mask over the mouth and nose as they sleep. As a result, many users have said they can only tolerate using it for a few hours a night. There have been complaints of runny nose, dry mouth, sore throats, and eye irritation. Some people break out in acne due to the straps. The mask is attached to a hose, which is hooked up to a machine, so CPAP patients who are more comfortable on their stomachs may also have problems. And the noise from the machine may keep many people awake.
Although CPAP is the most common treatment for OSA, it is not the only one. Our dental office also offers the ProSomnus® Sleep and Snore Device. The oral appliance is highly customizable to provide each patient with a truly unique and personalized treatment plan. Our dentists can add airway openings, splint coverage, different dual post angles, and much more to customize the appliance to meet your specific needs. The ProSomnus® oral appliance works by moving the jaw forward so that the tongue and other soft tissue don’t collapse into the airway. We ensure the appliance not only prevents your airway from getting obstructed during sleep but that it fits comfortably and doesn’t affect your bite’s most relaxed position and cause a TMJ disorder. The oral appliance will help you get one of your best nights of sleep yet without the hassles that come with CPAP.
Many people find these treatment alternatives to be more comfortable and convenient than CPAP.