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Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea, characterized by loud snoring, is not only disruptive to those within earshot, it can also pose a serious health problem to the snorer. Sleep apnea, or literally "sleep without breath", is a common disorder that affects both men and women; however it develops more frequently in men, particularly those who are middle-aged and overweight. Many suffer from the condition unknowingly, becoming aware of their problem only when they have been told that they snore loudly.

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CPAP vs. Oral Appliance Therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked, often due to the presence of excess tissue in the back of the throat (uvula and soft palate) and a large tongue. Enlarged tonsils can also cause a blockage. The goal of any treatment for sleep apnea is to alleviate obstructions and open up normal breathing patterns. Two leading treatments are continuous positive airway pressure therapy and oral appliance therapy.

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Therapy is the most common form of treatment. It involves wearing a mask that is connected to a pump. As a patient sleeps, air is pumped into the nasal passages, providing a consistent flow of air that keeps the airways open. While it is considered a safe and effective treatment option, CPAP therapy has some considerable downsides:

  • Discomfort and irritation from the mask
  • Restricted movement during sleep
  • Noise disturbance from the apparatus
  • Inconvenience

Unfortunately many patients discontinue CPAP therapy due to the inconvenience of the mask and often feel that the only other solution that might help is surgery.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a relatively new treatment that is becoming popular lately with patients who are tired of CPAP. Dr. Steven Davidowitz is an expert in this approach, which involves the use of a custom-fitted oral appliance. Comparable in feel to a mouth guard or retainer, oral appliances are designed to gently reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula. By preventing the collapse of tissue in the back of the throat, oral appliances keep the airways clear and help regulate breathing during sleep.

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The Main Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • As effective as CPAP
  • Easy to wear, easy to remove
  • Comfortable, convenient, non-obtrusive

Most patients find it easy to adjust to wearing an oral appliance at night. Oral appliances are also non-invasive, offering a first-line alternative to the surgical removal of obstructing tissue.

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Dr. Steven Davidowitz is an Upper East Side dentist who was specifically trained to treat sleep-related breathing disorders using OAT. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and it is interfering with your quality of life, contact Luxury Dentistry for a comprehensive evaluation. We often cooperate with the patient's cardiologists and ENT doctors to ensure a holistic solution for your condition.

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