Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and snoring are affecting Americans in epidemic proportions. People of all ages, including children, can develop obstructive sleep apnea.
OSA is more than just an annoying snoring disorder — it has been linked to a wide variety of other health conditions, including brain damage, dementia, cognitive disorders and memory loss, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, certain types of cancer, sleepiness-related accidents and many other conditions.
While there are a number of treatment options available, some very simple and others more complex. For example, continuous positive air pressure (CPAP), in which the patient wears a mask connected to a breathing device, is a popular treatment. However, many find CPAP uncomfortable and cumbersome.
One of the simplest and most comfortable treatments is oral appliance therapy. Patients are custom-fitted for an oral appliance, somewhat similar to the mouth guards athletes wear, and wear the device while sleeping. The device prevents the tongue and throat muscles from collapsing and blocking the airway.
Oral appliance therapy works quickly, with many patients feeling relief almost right away.
Are you one of thousands of North Texans that just can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep? Do you often wake up feeling more tired than you were before you went to sleep? Do you snore, ha ve morning headaches or have difficulty staying awake after lunch? If you answered yes to any of then you are not alone, and you may have a serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
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In the past to get a sleep study diagnosis, you had to visit your primary care physician, who would refer you to an ENT, who might suggest surgery or a sleep specialist, who would then, refer you for an “in lab” study. After all that, you would be turned to a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device to use at night. The CPAP basically blows air down your throat to splint your airway open, in hopes of reducing snoring. Many find this mask difficult or impossible to tolerate, but now a completely new approach has entered the sleep study arena.Download the Plano Profile PDF to read more