Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatments

Blue Ash and Cincinnati, Ohio

The National Sleep Foundation says that more than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. If someone has told you that you pause breathing intermittently when you are asleep, if you feel tired during the day without physical exertion, you probably have obstructive sleep apnea. Ironically, you are asleep when it occurs so you might not be aware of the condition even if you suffer from it.

Obstructive sleep apnea can cause a number of problems, exacerbate others, and even lead to death in worst cases. Thankfully, there are many ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Your doctor may recommend a CPAP machine or a sleep apnea oral appliance. If a sleep appliance is recommended for you will be referred to a trained dentist for this device fabrication.

Why we recommend (OAT) Oral Appliance Therapy

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the gold standard for non-surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but it has been found that up to 30% or more people who are advised to use it, will not or cannot use it.

The CPAP machine creates a positive air pressure in the throat, enough to keep the airway open when you are asleep. You have to use the machine every time you sleep when you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). There are many kinds of CPAP machines. Some of them cover both the nose and the mouth, some cover only the nose and other are prongs that have to insert into the nose.

Most of these machines are bulky and look like oxygen masks. Not only does it affect mobility (if you have an inclination to toss and turn in your bed) it can also be uncomfortable. Most people are not able to adjust to CPAP and prefer to use an oral appliance to treat their obstructive sleep apnea.

CPAP Alternatives In Cincinnati and Blue Ash Ohio

Moreover, the devices recommended do not cure sleep apnea. You will revert back to your old condition if you stop using the CPAP or oral appliance therapy prescribed for you.  Before you can start using a CPAP or an oral appliance, you may be asked to see a sleep specialist and undergo a sleep study to determine the extensiveness of your apnea issues.

Why we recommend (OAT) Oral Appliance Therapy

You might think that your obstructive sleep apnea is not bothering you, but that is because you are not aware of the problem. People are asleep when obstructive sleep apnea occurs. Your brain may wake you up if you have paused breathing for a long time or if the oxygen content in your blood goes below a certain level but then you will also immediately go back to sleep after you breathe in. In severe cases, these pauses can occur hundreds of times each night. Just think about the quality of sleep you will get in such a situation. You will have light sleep and not a deep and restorative sleep, which makes you mentally sharp, productive, and energetic in the coming day.

Sleep deprivation results in slow reflexes, daytime sleepiness, poor concentration and other problems. Over time, obstructive sleep apnea can also cause problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, stroke, diabetes and more. Dr. Stuart Levy can help treat your obstructive sleep apnea so you can lead a more productive and refreshing life.

To learn more about how Dr. Stuart Levy can help you defeat sleep apnea, please contact our office at (513) 791-2009.

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