Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder affecting millions worldwide. The condition is characterized by upper airway obstruction (or blockage) during sleep, leading to loud snoring, disrupted sleep, and daytime fatigue.
People with sleep apnea and specific medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, asthma, GERD, obesity, and chronic pain have higher risk factors for worsening symptoms. Obstructive sleep apnea can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, worsened asthma, and worsened chronic pain symptoms.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy increases the oxygen level. It has been the gold standard for treating OSA for many years. While CPAP is effective for many individuals, it does have limitations and downsides. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has emerged as a viable alternative to CPAP and is a preferred option for many patients.
CPAP LIMITATIONS AND DOWNSIDES
One of the most significant limitations of CPAP is compliance. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that only 46.5% of patients were adherent to CPAP therapy after six months. The reasons for non-compliance can vary from discomfort and irritation from the mask, difficulty adjusting to the pressure, or just finding it challenging to sleep with the mask on all night. The machine noise may also affect bed partner sleep patterns.
Additionally, CPAP can be challenging and not always great for those who frequently travel. The machines are bulky and require an electrical outlet, which may only sometimes be available. Moreover, the masks and tubing are challenging to clean, leading to infections and skin irritation.
Another downside of CPAP is that it is not effective for everyone. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, up to 50% of individuals with OSA may not respond to CPAP therapy. It can be due to anatomical abnormalities that prevent proper airway pressure, intolerance to the mask or pressure, or a combination of factors.
ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE
OAT is an alternative treatment for OSA. It is a mandibular advancement device custom-made to help keep the airway open during sleep. The device is worn in the mouth and works by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to prevent the airway from collapsing. It is a comfortable, easy-to-use, and effective treatment option for many patients.
One of the advantages of OAT is its high compliance rate. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that 80% of patients were adherent to OAT after six months. This is a significant improvement over CPAP compliance rates and suggests that OAT may be a better option for those who struggle with CPAP therapy.
OAT is also more convenient and portable as compared to CPAP. The appliance is small, lightweight, and easy to clean, making it an ideal option for those who travel frequently. Moreover, because it is worn in the mouth, there is no need for a mask, which can be uncomfortable for some patients.
Address Your Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy in Jupiter, FL
Are you tired of snoring and want a non-invasive treatment option? Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy, located in Jupiter, FL, offers NightLase therapy for snoring and in combination with Oral Appliance Therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Burman, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (D.ABDSM), has extensive training in treating sleep-related breathing disorders, specifically in the fabrication and use of mandibular positioning devices.
Non-invasive options like NightLase and Oral Appliance Therapy can be better treatments for OSA than surgery or CPAP. Make an appointment with Snoring and Sleep Apnea Therapy today to start getting the sleep you need and deserve!