Oral Appliance Therapy – Ballston Spa, NY
A Simple Way to Breathe Easier
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has said that oral appliance therapy is the first recommended treatment for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This is good news not only for untreated sleep apnea patients, but also for those who currently have problems with their CPAP machine. Oral appliance therapy has shown itself to be a more comfortable, yet effective option that more easily fits into people’s lives and sleep habits.
Why Choose Integrative Sleep Center for Oral Appliance Therapy?
- Multiple Types of Appliances Available
- Accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- Insurance Accepted
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Right for You?
People should consider oral appliance therapy if:
- They have been diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA.
- They snore loudly and consistently every night.
- They have undergone surgery to correct their sleep apnea and have still not experienced relief.
- Are not able to sleep or successfully treat their sleep apnea with CPAP therapy.
- They need a more portable sleep apnea treatment option.
- They could benefit from combined therapy (a combination of CPAP and oral appliance therapy).
Hope for CPAP Intolerant Patients
Many sleep apnea patients are CPAP intolerant for a number of reasons. Either they can’t comfortably fall asleep with the machine on, or it doesn’t help alleviate their symptoms. In any case, oral appliance therapy can provide the final answer they need to rest peacefully. Oral appliance therapy works by slightly shifting the jaw forward to open up the airway, which is the same principle that CPR is built on. Each oral appliance is custom-made for every patient, and this makes them as comfortable and effective as possible. Also, because they are much easier to use, patient compliance is much higher than with CPAP therapy. This means, in addition to providing short-term relief, oral appliance therapy is much more likely to be a long-term solution that sleep apnea patients will stick with.
Using Your New Oral Appliance
Even though oral appliance therapy is typically much more comfortable than a CPAP machine, a patient will still require a bit of an adjustment period when first using it. Any side effects should abate over time, and eventually, a person will not even really notice that they are wearing one — it’ll just become part of their normal routine. After getting an oral appliance, you may experience:
- Tension in the jaw as it adjusts to its new resting position
- Slight soreness in the teeth and gums
- An increase or decrease of saliva in the mouth
- A difference in how your teeth come together when you bite.
A Word from the AASM and the AADSM
There are two professional organizations that are tasked with setting the standard for sleep medicine in the US. They are the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). In order to make sure patients are receiving the proper level of care, they are responsible for certifying doctors and practices, as well as offering guidance and continuing education to patients and doctors alike. Integrative Sleep Center is the first practice in the state of Florida to be officially certified by the AADSM, which is why we are the premiere place for sleep apnea treatment for patients in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs, Cohoes, Watervliet, Schenectady, Gloversville, and Glens Falls.
In accordance with the AASM and the AADSM, patients should seek out oral appliance therapy in the following situations:
- Patients who consistently and loudly snore at night can effectively reduce or stop it with oral appliance therapy provided by a trained and certified sleep dentist. Even if they do not have sleep apnea, this treatment can help increase the quality of a person’s sleep and help prevent the development of sleep apnea in the future.
- If a patient is using a generic, store-bought oral appliance to treat their sleep apnea or snoring, they could still benefit from getting a fully customized appliance from a trained sleep dentist. These will often be much more effective and comfortable.
- Patients who cannot sleep with their CPAP, cannot use it frequently, or those who travel often could benefit from oral appliance therapy provided by a qualified sleep dentist.
- After a patient has received oral appliance therapy, they should attend regular visits to both their dentist and their sleep physician to make sure the treatment is having the desired effect. Adjustments can be made to the treatment plan if necessary, and constant communication between doctor and patient is essential.
When these organizations speak of a qualified and certified sleep dentist, they are talking about a doctor like Dr. Fred Dreher. He has undergone years of training and education to be able to skillfully use oral appliances to help people get the rest that they need. He is confident that he can use one to treat your sleep problems as well, and he can’t wait to see the positive effect it will have on your life. If you’d like to learn more about how oral appliance therapy could help you finally get the sleep you need, simply contact our office today for a free consultation. We are based in Ballston Spa, and we also routinely see patients from Saratoga Springs, Cohoes, Watervliet, Schenectady, Gloversville, and Glens Falls.