CPAP is not your only choice for treating obstructive sleep apnea
- Posted on: Feb 15 2021
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Approximately 22 million Americans are impacted by sleep apnea, a condition that can cause patients to stop breathing hundreds of times in one night. This keeps the patient from reaching the deep, restorative sleep they need each day and can result in many symptoms related to sleep deprivation, including daytime fatigue, reduced memory and concentration, and increased levels of anxiety and depression. Fortunately, when a patient gets a diagnosis from their primary care physician, they are often encouraged to use a CPAP machine.
Why CPAP isn’t for everyone
The CPAP Machine is a device that uses a mask connected to a machine that maintain open airways. It does this by providing a constant flow of air through the airways. However, this device is difficult to travel with and can be uncomfortable for many patients. This leads them to often stop complying with treatment, which returns the previous symptoms and leaves the condition untreated. This is when Dr. Paul Covell of Pasadena, TX may recommend the use of oral appliance therapy instead.
What is oral appliance therapy?
Instead of using the dreaded CPAP machine, patients can work with our team of professionals to find out if they are a better candidate for oral appliance therapy instead. Oral appliance therapy is the use of a special mouthguard appliance that is worn at night while the patient sleeps. In doing this, it keeps the jaw properly aligned, holds down the tongue, and ensures the airways stay open to target the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. This treatment is far more comfortable, making it the most desirable option for many of our patients.
Is oral appliance therapy right for me?
Many of our patients with a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea are appropriate candidates for oral appliance therapy, allowing them to free themselves of the CPAP machine!
Considering non-invasive obstructive sleep apnea treatment in the Pasadena, TX area?
Connect with Dr. Paul Covell and his team to learn more about the use of oral appliance therapy as an alternative to the CPAP machine. His office is located at 4010 Vista Road and can be reached by calling (713) 943-9832. His practice is open to new patients and families considering quality, comprehensive dental care in the area.
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