Treating Sleep Apnea With an Oral Appliance
Get rid of your CPAP!
Are you having difficulty sleeping or find you wake up out of breath? If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.
Additional symptoms include:
- Loud snoring
- Dry mouth
- Weight gain
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Mood swings
- Lack of awareness
Sleep apnea may not seem like a serious condition, but it can lead to several health conditions like diabetes, heart risks, and depression if untreated. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or believe you may have a sleep disorder, it is time to understand your treatment options.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
Dr. Hamersky, our sleep specialist, is well-versed in the complications that can come with sleep apnea and is prepared to find a treatment plan that works for you.
Continuous positive airway pressure system, CPAP, is a mask that goes over your face and mouth, offering a steady stream of pressurized air to your lungs for consistent breathing. A CPAP machine is a common method of treatment; however, many patients have a hard time adjusting to this device. CPAP users can experience:
- Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
- Nose and throat irritation
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- Smothering sensation
- Sinus infection
- Airway dryness
- CPAP intolerance
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative treatment plan that offers frustrated CPAP users a break from their inconsistent sleeping woes. This device is a small mouthguard that sits in-between your top and bottom teeth creating an airway for consistent breathing during sleep.
Patients tend to prefer this method of treatment over their CPAP device because the mouthguard is non-intrusive and does not create any additional symptoms during usage.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Stapleton
Our sleep dentist, Dr. Hamersky, is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and certified under Denver Sleeps, making him a premier choice in the field of dental sleep. To learn more about our treatment options, contact us online, or call (303) 785-8991.