Oral appliance therapy is the gold standard of treatment for mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Educating the patient/client has always been the primary approach with Dr. Donley for over 40 years.
Please review the eight primary alternatives to reducing or eliminating snoring and sleep apnea.
Our added expertise – dental appliances
The photo shows how unobtrusive and simple the custom designed dental appliance works.
While this still can be an option for some patients/clients… research has shown that a high percentage of people discontinue this approach.
If you have had or are currently using CPAP and not happy… contact us today for additional alternatives.
Oral appliances are indicated for use in patients with mild to moderate OSA. Oral appliance therapy includes the selection, fabrication, fitting, and long-term follow up care of custom designed oral appliances. They work by repositioning the tongue and/or jaw. This depends on the type of OSA with which the patient is suffering. These appliances resemble sports mouth guards and are worn during sleep. Oral appliances are comfortable, non-invasive, easy to wear, and small; making them easy to take along while traveling.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends and supports new practice parameters validating the effectiveness of dental appliances as a first line treatment for people who have mild to moderate OSA or are unable to comply with C-PAP treatment. In some cases, physicians may prescribe the combination of both C-PAP and an oral appliance as treatment for a patients OSA.
It is recommended to seek professional help if you are suffering from sleep-related breathing problems.