Dr. Kyle Lowe has trained at The Metz Center for Sleep Apnea in fitting our patients for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), then you’ve probably heard that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is one of the best treatments. At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, we understand that, for many people, using their CPAP machine every night just isn’t feasible. Patients find it uncomfortable to wear the mask on a regular basis or experience other issues that prevent them from wearing it.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has long been recognized by dentists as the best alternative treatment for people who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Oral appliances are mouthpieces worn at night. Such appliances position the lower jaw forward, allowing more room for the soft tissues of the throat and opening up the airway.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
As part of the OAT process, Dr. Lowe will fit you for a comfortable, user-friendly night guard that helps keep your airways open so you can breathe easy at night. This night guard also will allow you to open and close your mouth naturally, so you’ll experience limited interruptions while wearing the appliance.
If I snore, do I have sleep apnea?
Snoring is the primary reason we consult with patients regarding sleep disorders, breathing and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Although snoring can be a sign of OSA, it doesn’t mean you actually have OSA. And, some patients who are diagnosed with OSA do not snore.
At The Grove City Center for Dentistry, Dr. Lowe takes the time to understand your symptoms, concerns and any test results. He also consults with the appropriate medical professionals involved with your OSA diagnosis. Then, he will work with you to identify the best treatment for your level of sleep apnea.
What are other solutions to sleep apnea?
If you have mild to moderate OSA, simple changes to your daily life could help ease your symptoms and get you feeling better fast.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, and obesity increases your chances of developing OSA. Weight loss can help improve many overall health issues, including better sleep habits and patterns.
We also know that sleeping on your back causes snoring. By doing something as simple as changing the way you sleep, you may be able to reduce or eliminate snoring. This is known as positional therapy. It may take time, but the goal is to train yourself to sleep on your side instead of your back. Over time, your OSA symptoms may diminish.
If you have additional questions about Sleep Apnea Treatment, contact us at 614-875-3141 or email@example.com to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lowe. Feel free to use our online contact form below, or even click to schedule a consultation online.