Combined CPAP and Oral Appliance Therapy
As with most medical or dental health concerns, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for treating sleep apnea. Patients who have tried CPAP and oral appliance therapy individually without success may benefit most from a combined solution. Dr. Greenbaum works alongside a patient’s sleep doctor to develop a treatment plan to best fit each patient’s needs and improve overall health.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment uses a facial mask worn over the nose and mouth to force air into the throat,keeping the airway open and allowing patients to rest through the night. This has been a very successful treatment method for most patients, although the device is quite loud, have a bulky mask and can be uncomfortable to some patients. However, one night a week of usage can help a patient feel more comfortable with the sounds and new sensation.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is recommended for patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. These devices work using the same method used to open airways during CPR. By shifting the jaw forward, oral appliances keep the airway open,allowing sleep apnea sufferers to breathe easily through the night. These oral appliances are very comfortable, effective and portable, making them a great option for sleep apnea patients that travel. However, these appliances are not recommended for severe sleep apnea patients.
By combining both CPAP and oral appliance therapy, patients are able to achieve results only possible using the highest levels on CPAP machines. The oral appliance continuously holds the throat open, meaning even on very low settings, the CPAP system can provide adequate pressure to keep the throat clear. The results? Patients sleep soundly, breathe more easily and may wake up feeling well rested. Best of all, combined therapy offers significant relief and refreshment for even the most severe cases of sleep apnea.
If you’ve experienced intolerance to CPAP treatment or are not satisfied with the results of oral appliance therapy, combined treatment may be the best solution. During a consultation, Dr. Greenbaum will review your past treatment, and help you determine whether combined therapy is the right option to let you sleep through the night. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today!
on Jul 29th, 2021
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