Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Patient / Dentist Testimonial for Oral Appliance Therapy

There are more than 18 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This disorder causes pauses in breathing and repetitive arousals during sleep.

Once diagnosed with OSA, many patients treat their sleep disorder with CPAP. This treatment involves connecting a facemask to a hose that pumps air through the airway during sleep. CPAP is an effective treatment. But 25 to 50 percent of patients do not tolerate it.

Patients who do not use their CPAP mask have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other health problems. It is important that they use an alternative treatment.

Many dentists treat sleep apnea with oral appliances. These dental devices fit like sports mouth guards to keep airways open. They ensure that patients can breathe during the night. Oral appliance therapy works best for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. But people with severe sleep apnea can also benefit. Find-a-dentist near you who is trained to treat OSA.

Interested in oral appliance therapy? The below FOX news clip provides some great patient and dentist testimonials.

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