Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is highly effective for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea cases, with success rates as high as 90 percent. Oral appliances may also be appropriate for patients with severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) symptoms who are unable to tolerate CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy. The overall rate of cure among all users is about the same for CPAP and oral appliances. In general, more users continue using OAT compared to CPAP therapy, an important consideration. A therapy only works if you use it! In some cases, oral appliances may be prescribed for use with CPAP, as the reduction in symptoms provided by the the appliance may allow for lower CPAP air pressures, which patients find more tolerable.
Most OSA patients using oral appliances immediately feel notably better when they wake up and appreciate functioning well throughout the day. Oral appliances usually provide some degree of relief to all OSA suffers. There can, however, be exceptions with specific body types. OAT may not fully alleviate symptoms for patients with an extremely large neck or abdomen, or extremely thin patients with a steep angle to the lower jaw.
Determining if oral appliance therapy is right for you begins with a free consultation at our downtown office and a sleep test at home or in a lab. Once the nature of your OSA condition is known, we can determine if oral appliance therapy is good option to treat or solve your sleep apnea symptoms.
Learn for yourself how effective OAT really is in treating sleep apnea by contactingat 916-538-6900 or stop by our center at 1105 E Street in downtown Sacramento. We look forward to hearing from you today!