These days with a clogged supply chain, if you’re ordering a new refrigerator or other appliance you may have a six-month wait before you’ll be seeing it.
At eos Sleep, Dr. Volpi has a much better option for an appliance that could far more valuable for you…and the person sleeping next to you — oral appliances used to help patients treat sleep apnea.
The FDA has approved over 100 oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment. Dr. Volpi is familiar with many of the available offerings.
Why Should I Look into an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea?
The preferred treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. This machine creates a pressure difference between the patient’s bedroom and inside his or her airway. This difference in pressure helps keep tissues at the back of the throat from sagging.
But the problem with CPAP is compliance. CPAP machines have advanced. They are now quieter, the masks are softer, and portability has improved. Despite that, it’s estimated that adherence rates (meaning wearing the CPAP mask and using the system on a regular basis) range from 30 to 60 percent.
Oral appliances are easy to wear, and they can be highly effective.
How Do Oral Appliances Work?
Oral appliances are custom fit. Dr. Volpi takes impressions and makes certain measurements, and your oral appliance is then ordered. When it comes it is unique to your mouth, so it will fit easily and after a couple nights you won’t notice it.
These devices usually work in two potential ways. Dental appliances prevent the tongue from sagging backwards and blocking the throat. Mandibular advancement devices advance your lower jaw forward. This improved alignment keeps your airway open.
What Are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea?
- Comfort and ease of use
- Easier to take along when traveling
- Works without electricity or any attachments to an adjacent machine
- Makes no noise
- Appliances are easy to get used to
- Offer significant improvements in snoring
- Can improve the symptoms of OSA
Are you interested in doing something about your obstructive sleep apnea? Call us at eos Sleep, (212) 873-6036, to set up a consultation with Dr. Volpi.