Sleep Apnea Regina
An Alternative to CPAP Machines for Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which a person will stop breathing periodically when they are sleeping. When this occurs for longer than ten seconds a person’s natural sleep pattern is interrupted. This is typically indicated by a snort, gasp for air, or choking sounds as a person fights to restore natural breathing. Sleep apnea is as a result of the muscles in your mouth and throat relaxing during sleeping and fall back into the upper airways blocking the flow of oxygen coming in.
What are the Side Effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are a number of side effects of obstructive sleep apnea the magnitude of which depends on the significance of your sleep apnea. These include:
- high blood pressure
- heart arrhythmias
- heart disease
- heart attack
- increased risk of diabetes
- and even death
What are the solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Solutions for sleep apnea include CPAP and dental appliances. The solution you need depends on your individual circumstances. As well, some patients have difficulty utilizing a CPAP appliance and may prefer the ease and reliability of a dental appliance. Patients who have used CPAP appliances have noted the following experiences:
- Complaints of claustrophobia
- Dry nasal passages
- Skin irritations from masks
- Difficulty tolerating pressurized air
- Accidentally removing the mask while tossing in their sleep at night
- And not being able to use it on vacation or power outages.
Therefore, some patients prefer the freedom of a dental appliance. Depending on the severity of their disorder, a dental appliance is a great alternative to a CPAP machine.
What are the types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
There are three types of the severity of sleep apnea. The severity is determined based on the number and lengths of apnea events or pauses in breathing:
- Mild OSA- typically 5-14 episodes of interruptions in breathing in an hour.
- Moderate OSA- typically 15-30 episodes of interruptions in breathing in an hour.
- Severe OSA- typically 30 or more interruptions in breathing in an hour.
Dental Appliances for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Managing sleep apnea using a dental appliance requires a sleep study to be done to determine the severity of one’s sleep disorder. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device is often the recommended therapy. For moderate to severe sleep apnea, most sleep professionals will recommend a CPAP machine. A combination of the two may be recommended to lower high-pressure needs.
East End Dental Introduces the Zephyr Sleep Technologies Dental Appliance
East End Dental is pleased to introduce the Zephyr Sleep Technologies dental appliance. The most advanced dental appliance on the marketplace today. For an assessment of your sleep apnea, contact us. The process is straight forward. We will assess your sleep apnea. Determine the best solution for you given your disorder. And, if the Zephyr dental appliance is right for you, we'll custom fit an oral device to suit your particular needs.
The Zephyr dental appliance will provide you with a number of benefits:
- They are more comfortable and tolerable to wear as opposed to CPAP masks.
- They eliminate the dry, itchy nose that CPAP users experience from the air pressure drying out sinuses.
- They provide you with greater sleep freedom with less equipment to become entangled with during sleep, or knock-off during slumber, for patients who are active movers during sleep.
- And the need for less equipment and therefore easier to travel with and easier to use.
Who qualifies for the Zephyr dental appliance?
Determining if you are right for the dental appliance is based on an evaluation of your individual circumstances. If you are a patient:
- with mild to moderate sleep apnea (not recommended for moderate to severe sleep apnea)
- with primary snoring (in absence of sleep apnea)
- who have tried and failed at CPAP therapy
- who were unsuccessful with or refused surgeries such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations, or tracheostomy.
- who needs the dental appliance in combination with a CPAP device to help lower your apnea/hypopnea index for more tolerable air pressure settings.
Contact us to arrange an assessment of your sleep apnea condition. We'll determine a treatment best for you.