Oral Appliance Therapy could be the answer if you are suffering from Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea should not be overlooked, and if you or someone you know is constantly waking up in the middle of the night, unable to breathe, you could be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
If you have been following Dr. Ringer’s blog, you will know that Obstructive Sleep Apnea, known as OSA, is a condition that could have serious complications. Recent studies indicate that Obstructive Sleep Apnea has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. If left untreated, OSA could lead to death.
CPAP therapy is one of the most popular remedies for OSA, but unfortunately because it can be uncomfortable, CPAP therapy stays put in the cabinet as it is cumbersome, difficult to travel with, and can be a bother to both the person suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the sleep partner.
CPAP therapy isn’t the only treatment recommended for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Surgery is sometimes recommended, but doesn’t always work. One of the best ways to treat Sleep Apnea is with Oral Appliance Therapy. Oral Appliance Therapy really does work, and best of all, because the custom-made mouthpiece or mouth guard made by a dentist is comfortable, most patients will continue using it.
Dr. Jack Ringer has been specially trained to work with both your sleep specialist and your doctor in order to come up with an Oral Appliance Therapy plan that really works.
Oral Appliance Therapy is a treatment that is used to open up the unobstructed airway in your throat making it easier to breathe. Similar to a retainer or sports mouth guard, the American Sleep Association explains that there are about 40 different appliances have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of both snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
According to Dr. Ringer, Oral Appliance Therapy can be used on its own or with a combination of other therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dr. Ringer and his team may recommend changes in your overall health such as weight loss, people who are overweight are at risk for OSA, surgery or CPAP therapy.
The oral appliances used by Dr. Ringer help you breathe better because they reposition the lower jaw, your tongue, your soft palate, and your uvula. Oral appliance therapy stabilizes your tongue and lower jaw and can increase your tongues muscle tone.
If you would like more information regarding Oral Appliance Therapy for snoring or Sleep Apnea, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Ringer who has been specially trained in Oral Appliance Therapy.