Prevalence of sleep apnea in the U.S.
Studies indicate that approximately 42 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep-disordered breathing. As many as 20 percent have a mild version of obstructive sleep apnea, with one out of 15 having a severe version. And, alarmingly, it’s estimated that 75 percent of those who have sleep apnea are undiagnosed – they don’t even know they have it.
The danger in this condition isn’t just the intermittent breathing cessations that occur during sleep, but also the reduced flow of oxygen to the brain that happens when a person stops breathing. In some cases, this can be life-threatening. In every case, the result is a poor quality of sleep.
Revolutionary Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance vs. the CPAP machine. Which is better for you?
When someone is diagnosed with sleep apnea, the options they are given probably aren’t very attractive. The majority of patients are instructed to begin using CPAP therapy, which consists of an air generator, a tube and a mask to be used during sleep. In severe cases, another option might have been surgery. A CPAP machine produces a steady air flow that is designed to keep the airways open, thus preventing breathing stoppages and oxygen reduction. The problem is, for most people, it’s no fun being hooked up to a machine all night and wearing odd-looking football helmet with various straps and hoses. This is probably the main reason that the biggest problem physicians encounter with CPAP therapy is lack of compliance – patients not using the system that has been prescribed for them.
Fortunately, there’s a third option designed to prevent the breathing stoppages and snoring experienced by patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This convenient device does everything a CPAP system does and more.
A much more effective sleep apnea treatment option
The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine in Sugar Land, Texas, has a better option. The Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance. The appliance is essentially a mouthpiece, worn during sleep that non-surgically remodels a patient’s airway and trains the tongue to stay forward rather than slipping back and cutting off breathing.
The appliance stimulates bone growth within the oral cavity by widening the arch, which therapeutically alters the oral cavity’s shape. So rather than just blowing a bunch of dry air into the airway, the Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance literally changes the configuration of the airway, making peaceful, restful sleep possible.
This easy-to-use device available through Dr. Sam Cress provides a simple, comfortable and highly effective alternative to traditional sleep apnea treatment with machines and masks. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and are doing CPAP therapy – or if you suspect you may have this condition and are dreading the nightly hook-up, make an appointment with Dr. Cress and learn more about the benefits and functions of the revolutionary Sleep Apnea Oral appliance.
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The Center for Craniofacial and Dental Sleep Medicine in Sugar Land, Texas, serves patients in the greater Houston region, providing cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sleep apnea treatment, TMD treatment and other related services. The practice is located at 4545 Sweetwater Blvd. Call (281) 565-4100 for more information.