How to Treat Sleep Apnea

oral sleep applianceFairport, Pittsford and Rochester, NY

Sleep apnea and other sleep breathing disorders affect millions of Americans. There are several treatment methods available that are used to treat sleep apnea effectively, other than the CPAP machine.

CPAP disadvantages

If you or a member of your family has sleep apnea, you probably are familiar with CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), a cumbersome, noisy machine used to treat sleep apnea. A CPAP machine consists of a mask attached to a machine that must be worn while asleep. It is a common treatment method for sleep apnea, but it comes with several disadvantages.

Common problems CPAP patients experience include the following:

  • Discomfort, skin irritation or rashes
  • Dry mouth and/or throat
  • Trouble sleeping due to noise generated by machine
  • Inconvenient
  • Issues with maintenance

If you have had problems with a CPAP machine or resisted treatment for your sleep apnea because you do not want to use a CPAP, there are other options.

Oral appliance therapy

At Pittsford Dental Excellence, our sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Sam Guarnieri, can prescribe oral appliance therapy to correct your sleep breathing disorder. These appliances prevent the breathing obstructions that occur during sleep by keeping the patient’s lower jaw in a forward position. This helps maintain an open airway throughout sleep, and thus, facilitate optimal airflow.

The chances are that you have seen many anti-snoring or sleep apnea mouthpieces available for purchase in stores or online. The oral appliances prescribed by Pittsford Dental Excellence are of a higher quality, however. Each oral appliance is custom made to fit the mouth of every individual patient for both maximum effectiveness and comfort so the appliance can be worn comfortably during sleep. Custom oral appliances can also be adjusted to experience the best results.

If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, or you are showing symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder such as excessive daytime fatigue and lack of focus in combination with snoring, then contact our office in Pittsford, NY, today at (585) 248-2575 to schedule a consultation.

Pittsford Dental Excellence is here to serve patients in the area of Fairport, Pittsford, and Rochester, NY.