Dr. Jamil Alkhoury of Brentwood Family Dental in California offers patients in and around the area of Oakley, CA solutions for sleeping disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment of this condition is often addressed using a CPAP machine as suggested by a physician. However, many patients fail to comply with treatment because the device is noisy, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with. This leaves many patients untreated for obstructive sleep apnea, increasing the risk of several medical concerns. Instead, the team of Brentwood Family Dental may suggest the use of oral appliance therapy as an alternative.
Oral appliance therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is caused by a blocked airway. This may be the result of the tongue falling back into the throat or soft tissue pushing the throat closed while a patient tries to sleep at night. The result? Patients wake up hundreds of times a night, unable to achieve the deep, restorative sleep they need. Because of this, many patients experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and daytime fatigue that can make it difficult to concentrate. Oral appliance therapy works differently from a CPAP machine. A special mouth guard is made specifically for the patient and is worn in the mouth during the night to keep the airway open.
Advantages of oral appliance therapy
There are several benefits to oral appliance therapy:
• Easy to use
• Simple to clean
Schedule an appointment today!
Call (925) 344-5296 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jamil Alkhoury and speak to him about the alternatives to CPAP therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. Patients are more likely to comply with oral appliance therapy than with the use of a CPAP machine. We encourage patients to learn about the options available to them and choose one that fits their needs and lifestyle.