Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea by your primary care physician. For many patients, their doctor will recommend wearing a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine when they sleep. It is a popular treatment choice for many people with sleep apnea. But the biggest problem with CPAP is that it can be uncomfortable, inconvenient, and difficult to get used to. Dr. Thomas Rhodes and his team at Hunt Valley Dental in Hunt Valley, Maryland, completely understand why many people do not comply with CPAP use and instead seek other solutions to promote healthier sleep.
If left untreated, traditional obstructive sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues such as high blood pressure, stroke, depression, and even heart failure. The most common risk of untreated sleep apnea is daytime fatigue and poor concentration due to poor sleep quality.
Fortunately, another option is available for treating obstructive sleep apnea: oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy uses an adjustable device that fits over your upper teeth like a sports mouth guard. These appliances are custom-fitted to your mouth to provide optimum comfort and effectiveness in helping you breathe easily while asleep. Unlike CPAP machines, these appliances are easy to use and much quieter than traditional ones. They are also more comfortable to wear and less obtrusive.
Oral appliance therapy is effective in improving daytime alertness, reducing snoring, and decreasing the severity of sleep apnea. Our team recommends oral appliance therapy as a treatment option for adults who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
At Hunt Valley Dental, Dr. Rhodes and his team specialize in providing custom-fitted oral appliances that can help you breathe easier at night and improve your overall quality of life. They use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to ensure a comfortable fit and effective result. Through their personalized approach, they strive to ensure their patients get the best possible outcome from their treatment.
We’ll work with our patients to evaluate their unique needs and determine the best solution for their lifestyle and budget.