What is the Most Effective Treatment for Sleep Apnea?
We provide custom, comfortable oral appliances here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders, and they can be used to treat sleep apnea effectively. Reach out to us today to learn more about what could be the most effective treatment for sleep apnea.
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The condition occurs when, during sleep, a person has a blockage in or collapse of the airway. This might happen if the muscles in the throat or jaw relax too much. The main concern with sleep apnea is that the person’s breathing stops repeatedly, and this can have serious effects on the person’s health. It can even lead to conditions like hypertension and heart disease.
Treatment depends on the patient and the patient’s particular case of sleep apnea. Another factor is the patient’s lifestyle needs. These lifestyle needs shouldn’t be overlooked. The more convenient the treatment is for the patient, the more likely he or she will be to continue with the treatment.
The traditional approach to treating sleep apnea is CPAP therapy. This uses a CPAP machine that works by delivering a steady stream of air directly into the patient’s airway. This can help the patient breathe better at night. A patient might find that the machine is uncomfortable to use because it means wearing a face mask or nose piece during sleep. In addition to that, CPAP machines can be quite loud, potentially disturbing a sleep partner. A CPAP machine might be a good choice for some patients, but many others might not be willing to accept the changes to their lifestyle.
There’s an alternative to CPAP therapy, and it’s called oral appliance therapy. It can work in many cases of sleep apnea, particularly in those cases aggravated by TMJ (jaw joint) disorder. Oral appliance therapy uses a custom-made, convenient-to-use oral appliance to relax the muscles in the jaw and throat, preventing the airway from collapsing or getting blocked in the first place.
CPAP therapy may work for many patients, but the simpler, easier approach to treating sleep apnea may be oral appliance therapy. The appliance itself is custom-made for each and every patient to suit their anatomy. This makes the appliance quite comfortable to use. And because it helps the jaw, tongue, and airway rest naturally, sleep can become much more comfortable too.
By preventing the possible causes of sleep apnea, symptoms are prevented too, and this is why oral appliance therapy can be so effective. In fact, it is a proven method that has been approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Within around 3 months, many patients can become 90% symptom-free. You or a loved one could be one of these patients. The way to find out is by coming in for a simple consultation with us here at Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders.
Yes! Koala® Center For Sleep & TMJ Disorders provides this treatment at our many locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin. Please visit our Appointments page for our locations‘ addresses and contact information. At that page, you can also book a consultation with us, or you can do so by calling us. Reach out to us today for an effective, easy, and long-term solution for sleep apnea.