Sleep apnea is the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds at a time. There are two types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea (CSA) is a disorder that causes the brain to stop sending the proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This form of apnea occurs when airways are blocked during sleep causing the cessation of breathing. Many patients are treated using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) that, as the name suggests, keeps airways open using a continual flow of air. Many CPAP users are unhappy with the system because the sounds it makes are loud, they can’t get used to the sensation of forced air, and because the CPAP system is inconvenient for travel. For patients who suffer from OSA, our Beachwood, OH dental team has an alternative to the CPAP system: oral appliance therapy with The Moses® and SomnoDent®.
I hate my CPAP! Are there Alternative Treatment Solutions?
OSA sufferers who are unhappy with CPAP therapy often benefit from oral appliance treatment. Oral appliances are used to position patients’ jaws forward during sleep keeping the airway open. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we offer patients two types of oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment:
The Moses® – this oral appliance was created by Dr. Allen J. Moses, and offers patients a discreet, comfortable solution to OSA. This unique oral appliance is comprised of three main parts: retainer, mandibular advancement piece, and the base. The retainer fits over the top teeth to protect them where they connect with the base, and the mandibular advancement piece comfortably shifts the jaw forward with gentle pressure from the base. The Moses is pre-set for your smile, but can be easily adjusted.
SomnoDent® – this line of oral appliances offers advanced customization options. SomnoDent® products are crafted to fit your smile. These oral appliances can be easily adjusted to maximize effectiveness and comfort, and the Flex model offers patients superior comfort with a patented soft liner. While wearing a SomnoDent® device, patients are able to drink and speak. Additionally, all SomnoDent® appliances are equipped with monitoring equipment to ensure patient compliance.
Find out More from Your Sleep Apnea Dentist Beachwood
Contact the Center for Advanced Dentistry today to find out more about treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. Our team is happy to schedule a sleep apnea consultation, and answer any questions you may have.