Boca Raton, FL dentist Reda A Abdel-Fattah offers an alternative device to the CPAP machine for management of obstructive sleep apnea
The two most common non-surgical therapies used to manage obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are: (1) continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and (2) mandibular advancement devices (MAD), which are the most commonly used oral appliance. These therapies differ in efficiency, cost, comfort, and side effects. Physicians usually prescribe CPAP as the primary treatment since it is the most effective option in reducing the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI). However, 30% to 50% of patients for whom the discomfort, noise, and other negatives overshadow benefits become non-compliant to CPAP. Untreated OSA is associated with increased risks of strokes, heart attack, hypertension, diabetes, motor vehicle crashes, reduced work performance, and increased work-related injuries.
The current studies progressively supports MAD as an effective alternative to CPAP except for extremely and morbidly obese persons. In our office, we work with accredited sleep centers and sleep specialists to properly evaluate the sleep breathing condition and recommend the suitable method of treatment. We construct oral appliances for mild and moderate case of documented obstructive sleep apnea as well as severe cases when surgery and/or CPAP is contraindicated. Moreover, we offer a combination therapy where we construct an oral appliance to be attached to the CPAP hoses avoiding the use of face mask or jaw straps.
For more information about oral appliances for the management of obstructive sleep apnea, visit www.dentaltmjpain.com or call 561-391-5331 to make an appointment with Boca Raton, FL dentists Dr. Reda A. Abdel-Fattah and Dr. Mervat M. Alattar