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Sleep Apnea Alternative Treatment & Devices

At UAD we want you to have a long, healthy life. That includes helping you get the sleep that you need!! UAD provides the finest sleep apnea oral appliances available to meet your sleep apnea treatment needs. For individuals who cannot tolerate CPAP, are not candidates for corrective surgery, or who merely desire an alternative therapy for their snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), there is help for you.

What is Sleep Apnea?

sleep apnea diagramSleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder, which affects approximately 1 in 6 individuals and as many of 50% of those over age 50. It GREATLY increases your risk for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an increasingly common disorder characterized by frequent episodes of airway obstruction. OSA occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat relax, allowing the soft tissue there to completely block your airway. Your body struggles to overcome this blockage, disrupting your sleep. This can occur hundreds of times each night, preventing you from sleeping well, and also increasing your risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Factors that can increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea include weight gain, alcohol or sedative use, a large neck, smoking, gender (male), age (older), and high blood pressure.

At UAD we have a variety of sleep apnea treatment alternatives and devices using oral appliances that are custom-fitted to help the patient sleep soundly and minimize the effects of sleep apnea, such as snoring. These FDA approved devices essentially treat OSA by preventing airway obstruction and allowing the patient to breathe easily and continuously.

Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea:

If any of these sound familiar, you just might have sleep apnea:

  • sleep apnea treatmentYou’ve slept all night, but you still don’t feel rested when you wake up in the morning.
  • Your spouse wakes you up because you are snoring, again.
  • You wake up with a headache-again.
  • You “snort” yourself awake, often several times a night.
  • You fall asleep in the middle of a business meeting or a movie.
  • You feel drowsy while driving, especially at night.

If any of these sound familiar to you, you may be suffering from a serious health problem called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. OSA is a condition where you stop breathing periodically while sleeping. OSA is one of the most common sleep disorders and can be one of the most serious. OSA has been shown to cause high blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. A recent study has shown that it can even shorten your life!

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Oral Appliance Therapy is an excellent sleep apnea treatment option for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Whether you consider yourself to have mild to moderate sleep apnea or have severe apnea and cannot tolerate CPAP, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s most recent publication recommended that oral appliances as an excellent treatment option.

Worn in the mouth like an athletic mouthguard or orthodontic appliance during the night, oral appliances keep the soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting normal breathing patterns. The purpose of the oral appliance is typically to stabilize and reposition the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and hyoid bone to keep the airway open in order to prevent airway collapse and resulting breathing obstruction and to improve nighttime breathing, providing relief from snoring.

The appliances are custom fit, small in size, comfortable, and easy to maintain; making them the first choice for many patients suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. It is also an excellent option for patients who travel frequently or in combination with CPAP for patients with severe OSA.

After a complete diagnosis, UAD will recommend an oral appliance as a sleep apnea treatment alternative and let you know which brand will work best for you. Oral appliances may be used in conjunction with other apnea treatments. Several common FDA-approved oral appliances include The Thorton Adjustable Positioner, SomnoMed MAS, and the Herbst Telescopic Appliance.  Your oral appliance will be fitted for comfort by using a mold of your mouth to design your unique fit just for you.

Read "A Sleep Battle of the Sexes" from the Wall Street Journal on the sleep differences between men and women.

Call today to learn more about your sleep apnea treatment alternatives:  312.704.5511

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