Sleep apnea is a huge issue that often doesn’t get the attention it needs or deserves. It impacts virtually everyone – either personally or through someone we know or love. So far medical schools haven’t put an emphasis on sleep apnea, so it’s our responsibility to share our knowledge. CPAP can be a great solution for people for whom it works, but for people who find it too cumbersome, uncomfortable, or inconvenient to use regularly, oral appliances are a great alternative. They work by slightly moving the lower jaw down and forward, in a sense anchoring it as is done in CPR, so that you’re able to freely breathe all throughout the night. Check out this video to see exactly how the oral appliance does this!
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) has been long recognized throughout the dental world as the best alternative treatment and according to the 2015 guidelines issued by the by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), oral appliances are recommended for any patient who is CPAP intolerant or who prefers alternate therapy. Oral appliances are worn at night and are generally compared to mouthpieces. They are designed in such a way that they move the lower jaw forward which then moves the soft tissues of the throat, such as the tongue, forward as well. We work with many appliance lines in our office. Click here to see a partial list.
With oral appliance therapy, our patients routinely report life-changing results, including sleeping better, having more energy, and no more snoring! Check out this video to see watch a few patient stories of their experience with sleep apnea and oral appliance therapy.
Do CPAP Alternatives Have You Wondering or Confused?
Are you interested in learning more about oral appliances? If you live in the Omaha area or can travel to our Omaha office, and you’re unsure if an oral appliance is right for you, call our dental sleep office at (402) 493-4175. Patients can also book online in order to set up an appointment to discuss CPAP and CPAP alternatives. Don’t let your sleep apnea go untreated! The Doctors at Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center can help find the ideal treatment that you need.