What Are Your Options
In our experience, patients are more empowered to manage their disorders when they fully understand the different treatment options available to them. The following sections highlight the various options available to the sufferer of sleep-related breathing disorders.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy presents a less intrusive alternative for many sleep-related breathing disorders. If necessary, oral appliance therapy can be combined with more conventionally used therapy to enhance the effectiveness of these treatments. Better yet, it allows people to continue their lives much more normally while providing long-term relief.
Continuous Positive Air Pressure
CPAP was developed in 1980 and has saved the lives and quality of lives of thousands of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers. It uses a machine that blows air through a hose into a mask worn by the patient. This positive air pressure literally inflates the closed airway like a balloon and allows breathing to continue uninterrupted during sleep.
Surgery is definitely an option for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. However, keep in mind that surgery is quite painful and often unsuccessful. Most leading authorities in the field of sleep medicine suggest surgery only after other forms of treatment have failed. However, as a last resort it can be helpful. People who have had unsuccessful surgery to treat their sleep apnea are particularly good candidates for oral appliance therapy.
In order to accomplish our goal of complete management, it is sometimes necessary to blend therapies. This can mean blending oral appliance therapy with CPAP or blending oral appliance therapy with surgery. We work closely with our patients to manage their disorders to the level of each patient’s commitment to treatment.