Hello, real sleep.
The well-known, and most prescribed, treatment for individuals who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is continuous positive airway (CPAP) pressure. Less known, however, is that not everyone is able to tolerate their CPAP machine, thereby missing out on critical, live saving air flow while they sleep. While many confess they feel claustrophobic, others struggle with anything ranging from dry noses, skin irritation from the masks, difficulty tolerating pressurized air, and accidentally removing the mask while tossing at night.
We're suggesting an alternative.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing the CPAP-struggle, there may be another option! Dental Sleep Appliances (DSAs) have helped thousands of people, allowing them to ditch (or supplement) their CPAP treatment. There are many DSA’s available, and Dr. Watterson takes pride in assisting his patients with a custom appliance that suits their specific needs and desires.
Very similar to a sports mouthguard or a retainer, DSAs are custom fit to each patient, therefore, they are more comfortable and tolerable to wear. This increases the compliance rate, which increases the probability of addressing their Obstructive Sleep Apnea and improving their overall health.
HOW DO THEY WORK?
Rather than forcefully pushing air into your lungs with a CPAP, or by removing parts of your throat anatomy in severe surgery, a Dental Sleep Appliance provides a much more tolerable approach. Using adjustable hinges to connect custom upper and lower trays, DSAs are able to open the airway by shifting the lower jaw and tongue forward into a position that allows the patient to breathe comfortably on their own. Dr. Watterson recommends adjustable sleep appliances. These allow him the ability to adapt your appliance to achieve the maximum result and effectiveness. It also sets the stage for allowing utilization of the same DSA for years to come.
The Pros of choosing a Dental Sleep Appliance:
Effective treatment of your OSA will improve your daytime alertness, concentration and emotional stability
Treated apnea reduces risk for heart attack, stroke, and diabetes
DSAs are small enough to include in your carry-on, and don't require any electrical outlets
They are silent, making nights better for your sleep partner as well!
DSAs are a custom fit, therefore, more comfortable and tolerable
They are non-restrictive with regards to sleep positions (no more being tangled in tubes!)
More socially accepted if sleeping where there may be large groups of people
These devices are medically proven to successfully open airways as an alternative treatment to CPAP for individuals already diagnosed with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.