The effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) on one’s general health are becoming more and more documented. The inability to breathe at night due to snoring or closed airways is being linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, and even strokes. The ideal treatment for patients with sleep apnea is continuous positive air pressure (CPAP), but compliance for some is very low. For those that cannot or will not wear a CPAP, the FDA has approved a number of oral appliances for alternative treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.
Our office has been attending continuing education programs to put us on the leading edge to be able to help our patients fight against this deadly condition. We are working with the local sleep physicians and sleep labs to determine if oral appliance therapy is appropriate for each patient. The Somnomed Appliance is one of the appliances we are using today with excellent results. You can find out more information on Somnomed by following the link at the bottom of the page.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot wear a CPAP, or are just a heavy snorer, please contact our office for an evaluation. We will be happy to visit with you about some of your appliance options.