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Treating Sleep Breathing Disorder with Oral Appliance Therapy

Get the Sleep you Deserve

If you have sleep breathing disorder, Pure Sleep Solutions in Houston, TX can help you find relief with oral appliance therapy, a safe, pleasant, and effective treatment. Oral appliance therapy may be just what you’ve been looking for whether you feel you have sleep disorders, have a sleep disorder diagnosis, and still require treatment, or if you’d prefer to get rid of your CPAP.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral appliance therapy is a way of treating sleep breathing disorders that involves wearing a custom-made mouthpiece at night to prevent the symptoms of sleep apnea, specifically pauses in breathing. It accomplishes this by gently moving the jaw forward throughout the night to keep the airway open. Dr. Yepez works with a team of experts to ensure that every dental appliance fits comfortably and allows patients to receive the rest they require.

The most common side effects of disrupted sleep are as follows:

  • Difficulty Concentrating/Learning
  • Memory Loss, Anxiety and Depression
  • Headaches, Irritability, and Increased Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease and Reduced Libido
  • Excessive Daytime Fatigue

Is Oral Appliance Therapy the Correct Treatment for Me?

At Pure Sleep Solutions, we recommend oral appliance therapy for people who:

  • Have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or even severe OSA in some situations.
  • Want to try something other than a CPAP machine as a therapy option
  • Are unable to tolerate CPAP
  • Have undergone corrective surgery yet are still experiencing sleep apnea symptoms.

How Oral Appliance Therapy Can Help CPAP Patients

According to studies, up to 50% of people who are prescribed to use a CPAP machine don’t do so, and if they have one, it’s probably no surprise why. The machine can be loud, cumbersome, and uncomfortable, and many patients report that wearing the mask makes them feel very restricted.

Oral appliance therapy is a realistic therapeutic option that addresses all these issues right away. These appliances produce no noise, are custom-made to fit each patient, and are small enough to carry with you wherever you go. Thanks to oral appliance therapy, many patients can get immediate relief from their sleep apnea and enjoy enhanced comfort. For combination therapy, it can also be used in conjunction with a CPAP machine.

Benefits of visiting Pure Sleep Solutions for your Oral Appliance

  • Allows you to perform the study in the comfort of your own home.
  • We will submit and verify your medical benefits.
  • Dr. Yepez will coordinate with your primary care doctor to ensure this option is best for you.

A Word From the AASM and the AADSM

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) are two professional organizations in the United States that determine the guidelines for sleep breathing disorder prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. They provide up-to-date research, certifications, and ongoing education.

As sleep apnea experts, they recommend that patients think about the following while considering oral appliance therapy and sleep breathing disorder treatment in general:

  • Patients who snore on a regular basis should see a sleep dentist to make sure it isn’t a sign of sleep breathing disorders. While not all snorers have sleep disorders, it can be an indication that a person isn’t getting the best sleep possible. Snoring can be readily resolved with the use of a custom-made mouth appliance from a skilled practitioner.
  • While there are a variety of generic oral gadgets available in stores and online, they should be avoided. These are usually manufactured to fit a wide variety of people and can’t match the results of a custom-made appliance. They can induce jaw pain and possibly exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms in certain circumstances. An oral appliance should only be obtained from a skilled sleep dentist.
  • If a patient is CPAP intolerant, non-compliant, or otherwise unable or unable to utilize their CPAP on a consistent basis, patients should visit Pure Sleep Solutions to see if oral appliance therapy is a possible treatment option.