Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
CPAP machines are the most widely used treatment for moderate and severe sleep apnea. The mask, worn during sleep, releases pressurized air that flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper’s throat. The increased air pressure prevents the sleeper’s airway from collapsing.
Studies of the effectiveness of CPAP therapy show that people with sleep apnea who consistently use their machines feel better and, as a result of the reduction of apnea and hypopnea episodes during sleep, encounter fewer complications of the disease. However, some people find the CPAP machines claustrophobic or cumbersome. Consequently, they may stop using the machine so their sleep apnea goes untreated.
For patients who cannot tolerate CPAP or for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is an excellent option. If your sleep physician decides that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, he or she will write a prescription for a custom-made oral appliance. There are over 100 oral appliances of various designs that have been accepted by the FDA. Dr. Salonia will work with you to find the type of appliance that is best for you. Patients like oral appliances because they are quiet, comfortable, easy to wear and are convenient for travel.
Around 70% of people diagnosed with OSA are overweight or obese. Most often, their health care professionals encourage them to lose weight, as that can sometimes reduce symptoms. Making healthier lifestyle changes can have a positive impact on sleep apnea.
Dental Sleep Medicine of Central Connecticut
955 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 346-6737
Fax: (860) 704-0239