In most cases, doctors will recommend CPAP as the best sleep apnea treatment option for you. Before you spend time and money on a device that many people find too uncomfortable to wear while they sleep, it’s important to learn about the other treatment options available to you. When you visit the Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center for a second opinion about your sleep apnea treatment, we will carefully explain to you the different options for treatment, both ones we provide in our office, and others that we feel may be appropriate for you.
Doctors Don’t Examine Your Airway
When you visit a sleep dentist, we examine your airway to see how and why your airway collapses. We also examine the rest of your mouth to see if any dental issues are the cause of an airway obstruction. This analysis is crucial to determine whether you’re a good candidate for oral appliance therapy, and if so, which of the many available oral appliances would best fit your specific needs.
Doctors Recommend CPAP Because They Don’t Know the Effectiveness of Oral Appliances
Most doctors recommend CPAP to patients with sleep apnea because they don’t actually know how effective oral appliances are for treatment. Oral appliances can treat most cases of sleep apnea, regardless of severity. In fact, many studies are now deeming oral appliances and CPAPs equal in treatment outcome because people are much more likely to use an oral appliance. No treatment is effective if it is not used. We successfully treat all levels of sleep apnea every day, and most insurance policies will cover either treatment. At Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center, we offer a selection of oral appliances to ensure we are using the most appropriate one for each individual person
Oral appliances are much more comfortable to wear at night, more convenient to transport and clean, and more cost-effective than CPAP in the long run. When your treatment works for you, you’re more likely to use it consistently. Consistently using your oral appliance is the only way to reap the health benefits of treatment.
Some doctors will only prescribe CPAP because they may have a negative perception of oral appliances from either an over the counter device, or one from a dentist who was not properly credentialed or trained. Properly providing oral appliance therapy for patients takes a lot of experience and training, and given the life and death matter of the disease, should not be taken lightly.
The dentists at Advanced Dental Sleep Treatment Center do no other dentistry. They are fully dedicated to successfully treating sleep issues. This focus makes us unique in the training and experience we are able to pass along to our patients. We work hard to make sure everyone is successfully treated and we are constantly learning new and improved techniques and practices. Our facility reflects this in its Accreditation by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, being the only one to achieve this in the region. In fact, there are only about 60 facilities in the entire nation to achieve this!