Sleep Apnea Treatment
So you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea. Now what? You do have some choices at Sleep Apnea Solutions of Cincinnati as far as treatment goes depending on your level of sleep apnea severity and sleeplessness.
The most studied and successful of the obstructive sleep apnea treatments is arguably the most well known and that is continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP, and it's variations. CPAP is a solution that sends nonstop pressure into your throat while you are sleeping to keep your airway open.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
For those suffering with less extreme versions of sleep apnea, oral appliances are a great choice. These too are devices that are worn at night and prescribed and made by a properly trained dentist. The most well known of these is a mandibular advancement device or MAD. This particular treatment is arguably the easiest solution. It's custom fit to be worn over your upper and lower teeth and designed to allow your lower jaw to move forward to open your airway while you sleep. Still used, but not as often as MADS, is a tongue retaining device. This final option is a soft splint made of plastic that fits over the tongue and holds it in place, keeping the airway clear.
As you can see, there are several options for treatment when seeking relief from sleep apnea depending on the severity of your symptoms. For people with slight to less than severe sleep apnea, dental devices should be something they consider. For those with a more severe situation, CPAP machines may be the better alternative. No matter what solution you end up with, the best way to approach it is to give us a call at (513) 991-2520 and work with us to find what works best for you. We'll take a look at the physical state of your airway, your medical health and history, as well as your personal preferences to find a solution that works best for you.