Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea
If You Want to Try an Oral Appliance to Treat Your Sleep Apnea, Then You Can Do So With Us at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. We Provide Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea Near You. Please Call Us Today to Schedule a Consultation.
For many patients with sleep apnea, a simple oral appliance can be the best treatment. Some of these patients have been told that a CPAP machine is necessary for them, but they have been turned away by certain aspects of the machine, like how difficult and uncomfortable it can be for some patients to use. If you’ve heard about using an oral appliance to treat your sleep apnea, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can find relief with Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders. Reach out to us or read on to learn more about how an oral appliance can help you with your sleep apnea.
What do people need to know about sleep apnea?
If you have sleep apnea, then you already know how much it can affect your life. Sleep apnea can occur when, during sleep, there is a blockage in or collapse of the airway. This can happen if the muscles in the throat or jaw relax too much, and can lead to repeated stoppages of breathing. As you are likely aware, these stoppages in breathing can have serious consequences to your health, including conditions like hypertension and even cardiovascular disease.
It’s important to treat sleep apnea correctly, but treatment depends on the patient and the particular cause of the patient’s sleep apnea. Additionally, some patients might have lifestyle needs a professional will have to account for and accommodate when recommending certain treatments.
How is sleep apnea treated?
Traditionally, CPAP machines have been used to treat sleep apnea. These machines work by delivering a steady stream of air directly into a patient’s airway, which helps the patient breathe at night. The problem for many patients is that these machines are bulky and often uncomfortable to use because the patient must wear a mask or nose piece during sleep. Also, CPAP machines can be pretty loud, disturbing a sleep partner. Although CPAP machines are a good option for many patients, many others just don’t find them acceptable to use.
The alternative to a CPAP machine and CPAP therapy is a simple oral appliance that can work in many cases, particularly TMJ (jaw joint) disorders. While this is an excellent option quite often, many patients simply don’t know about it. Custom-made, comfortable, and convenient, an oral appliance is what you would hope a sleep apnea treatment would be. And for many patients, it’s especially effective, and can also help with jaw and/or facial pain.
What is an oral appliance for sleep apnea?
The oral appliance is custom-made for each individual patient to suit their anatomy, and helps the jaw, tongue, and airway rest naturally. This makes the appliance quite comfortable for patients. On top of that, the appliance is easy to manage, maintain, and use.
An oral appliance helps the body naturally prevent some of the possible causes of sleep apnea, thereby preventing symptoms. Oral appliance therapy is, in fact, a proven method approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and within about 3 months, many patients will be 90% symptom-free. An oral appliance could work well for you, and the best way to find out is during a simple consultation with us here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders.
Do you provide oral appliances for sleep apnea near me?
Yes, we do! Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders has multiple locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. We ask that you please see our Appointments page for our locations’ addresses and contact information. You’ll also be able to book your consultation with us on that page. Alternatively, you can call us to find the nearest location and book with us.
With a simple, custom oral appliance, you could very well receive relief from sleep apnea. Get in touch with us today to learn more about this treatment and how else we can help you here at Koala® Center for Sleep and TMJ Disorders.