You are not alone, however, sleep apnea is not a matter that should be ignored. If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in health problems that include high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, irregular heartbeats, heart attacks, diabetes, depression, and the list goes on and on.Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. An oral appliance is worn in the mouth only while you sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer.Oral appliances support your jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Many patients consider a sleep apnea appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask. Oral appliances also are quiet, portable and easy to care for.
If you and your sleep doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is a treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made sleep apnea appliance. Dr. Courey and Dr. Zagami and prosthodontist with the training to make you a customized appliance to the specifications recommended by your sleep specialist. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans and SDNJ will work with you to maximize your benefit.
CBS Report on Sleep Apnea