Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? If so, please realize that you’re not alone. In fact, millions of people across the country suffer from this problem.
You might be pleased to discover that there are a variety of treatment options readily available for those suffering from sleep apnea. If your condition is diagnosed as mild to moderate, your doctor may prescribe a more conservative treatment, such as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). OAT involves use of an oral appliance to help open up your airway, resulting in easier breathing and better sleep.
But some patients wonder: Does Oral Appliance Therapy really work?
Oral Appliance Therapy Works
Recent research confirms that oral appliances are truly effective in treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
For example, consider the following:
- One paper summarizing a series of studies found that the effect of using certain oral appliances was comparable to more invasive procedures (i.e., use of a CPAP machine) in reducing the risk of fatal cardiovascular events. – Sleep, the international journal for sleep and circadian science
- Another study led a panel of experts to conclude that oral appliance therapy “be considered as a viable treatment alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).” —Sleep by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies
- And in yet another study, researchers found that major health outcomes were similar after 1 month of use when comparing patients with moderate-severe obstructive sleep apnea who used an oral appliance and those who were administered CPAP treatment. —American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
These are just a few examples of overwhelming research that indicates the effectiveness of Oral Appliance Therapy.
Easy to Use
Of course, one of the greatest benefits of oral appliances is that patients are more likely to use them, as they are less intrusive than alternative treatments.
Oral appliances also carry the following benefits:
- No power source required
- Relatively small and fit conveniently in a patient’s mouth
- Little maintenance required (other than cleaning and the occasional adjustment from your Carmichael dentist)
- Extremely durable, with a life span of at least five years with proper maintenance (and in most cases will last much longer)
Of course, it takes time to get used to wearing an oral appliance, just like it takes time to adjust to any new treatment. But once a patient has developed a routine, Oral Appliance Therapy can provide long-term relief to those suffering from sleep apnea.
If you have more questions regarding the effectiveness of Oral Appliance Therapy, contact the Marconi Dental Group today and make an appointment? We’d be happy to explain more details about OAT and help determine if it’s the right choice for you.