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Safer Sleep Apnea Treatment During COVID-19

A Safer Sleep Apnea Treatment During COVID-19

CPAP Alternative – Oral Appliance Therapy


CPAP Alternative

Over the years, we have heard it time and time again: I hate my CPAP, I’ve tried, but I really can’t tolerate it. I feel claustrophobic with the mask… isn’t there a CPAP alternative? Yes, there is! You can say Bye Bye CPAP and treat your sleep apnea and snoring without a mask with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Oral Appliance is also a safe and CPAP alternative treatment option during these times of COVID 19

Position Statement

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends oral appliance therapy as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or in cases where patients are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. In addition, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) states that oral appliance therapy (OAT) should be prescribed as a first-line therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPAP Non-Compliance

It is estimated that 30-50 percent of CPAP users don’t like their treatment; another survey discovered that about half of patients stop using CPAP within 1-3 weeks. Luckily, there is a better way to treat sleep apnea without a bulky CPAP or surgery.

A Better Treatment Option

Over 300,000 patients world-wide have found successful treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a custom-made oral device for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Oral Appliance Therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating sleep apnea and snoring. In fact, 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality while wearing it.

CPAP Alternative for Sleep Apnea

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a no-mask CPAP alternative treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. It is similar in appearance to a retainer. The Oral appliance is custom fit by a qualified dentist. It works by holding the jaw slightly forward. This keeps the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and blocking your airflow/breathing during sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Millions suffer from the effects of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), yet few are aware of the potential health hazards.

The warning signs of OSA include

  • Frequent and loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking during the night gasping for breath
  • Morning Headaches
  • Grinding Teeth

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to the following health issues:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease – including sudden cardiac death
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Greater risk of car accidents due to drowsiness
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Decreased Sex Drive

Pretty serious stuff if left untreated.

Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly.

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • No mask or machine needed
  • Comfortable & easy to wear
  • Easy to disinfect and clean
  • Discreet & silent
  • Portable and easy for travel
  • No electricity needed
  • Allows for talking and drinking
  • Less issues for claustrophobic patients
  • Most patients see improvement in the first few nights
  • Better compliance rates compared to CPAP
  • Less cumbersome & more attractive compared to a CPAP
  • Significantly improves sleep apnea symptoms, i.e. oxygen saturation and daytime sleepiness

 OAT may be the perfect CPAP alternative solution for ending snoring, treating Sleep Apnea, and improving your sleep quality. It is an ideal treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have severe OSA yet are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.

Comprehensive Sleep Care Center

We have the area’s top sleep medicine specialists with 9 convenient locations in Alexandria, ArlingtonBethesdaChantillyDumfriesGermantownLansdowneManassas, and Woodbridge.

We are the only sleep center in the Washington, DC Metro area to provide on-site oral appliance therapy with our own team of dentists experienced in treating sleep apnea. Because OSA is a medical condition, the claim is filed through your medical insurance provider. Most medical insurances cover the cost (after your deductible or co-insurance is met). We offer no-interest flexible payment plans for patients with higher deductibles.

If you are interested in learning more about Oral Appliance Therapy, visit our website today. You can also email our Patient Care Coordinator, Marvin, at [email protected]. Call today to find a better and safer CPAP alternative treatment!