When you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are often told to practice good sleep hygiene, lose weight and exercise. You are also typically directed to medical and dental treatments, including:
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure: CPAP Therapy generally requires you to wear a mask or nasal prongs over the nose and/or mouth, which are connected to an air pump. Although CPAP Therapy is the commonly prescribed option, many patients find it awkward, inconvenient and even claustrophobic.
Oral Appliance Therapy: Oral appliances are similar to mouthguards in appearance. They reposition your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and/or uvula so they sit slightly forward, in comfort. This opens the constricted airway. Oral appliances can be used alone or with other OSA treatment options. They are non-invasive and most, like The SUAD Device, are custom-fitted. Most patients and practitioners prefer Oral Appliance Therapy for its comfort, convenience and effectiveness.
Surgery: Surgery, also known as Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, is the least prescribed treatment option. Depending on your condition, a specialist may find it necessary to surgically advance the jaw or remove excess tissues in the throat, such as tonsils and adenoids, the uvula or parts of the soft palate. Surgery is recommended when other options fail. A major drawback is its invasiveness; once surgery has been performed, its results cannot be reversed.