Sleep Apnea Treatment

The two most popular forms of sleep apnea treatment are CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and Oral Appliance Therapy.  Of the two, most people begin their path to treatment on a CPAP machine.  The reason for this is because a sleep physician is needed to administer an official diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea.  Sleep physicians rarely recommend a treatment option outside of CPAP. 

CPAP Machine

CPAP is considered the treatment option with the highest rate of success.  And from a literal standpoint this may be true; considering that only a CPAP can manage an extremely severe case of apnea.  The treatment consists of sleeping with a facemask that is to be worn; this mask is attached to a machine that pumps air into the airway. 

When mentioned above that most people start with CPAP, this is because there is a large percentage of people on CPAP who at some point begin looking for an alternative sleep apnea treatment.  The noise it produces and the low comfort ability are a big turn off to most patients.  

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is where many people find the true treatment that not only helps manage their apnea but also is tolerable to wear during sleep.  An oral appliance will usually be crafted by a dentist who is highly trained in Dental Sleep Medicine; a field which is focused on Oral Appliance Therapy.  These sleep devices are meant to be worn as a mouthpiece to sleep.  The primary function is to keep the airway open and achieves this through slightly moving the lower jaw forward. 

Most patients who at some point discover oral appliance therapy and previously wore a CPAP are delighted with their new treatment option.  Dr. Smith out of Santa Cruz is an expert in creating custom oral appliances and has been successfully treating sleep apnea for years; garnering a reputation as the doctor to see in the greater Monterey Bay area.  Recognized as a specialist of oral medicine by major insurance companies he is able to get reimbursement through medical insurance for his patient’s treatment.  Dr. Smith has many medical physicians referring their intolerant CPAP patients his way because they know of the quality treatment he offers.

If you or someone you love is struggling with sleep apnea than contact Dr. Smith’s office today.  Getting quality sleep can change your life for the better.