Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Oral Appliances for Severe sleep Apnea

I have severe sleep apnea 56 per minute is your process appropriate?

The answer is yes, Oral Appliances are appropriate for treating severe apnea when patients do not tolerate CPAP. I have treated many patients with severe apnea successfully. The AASM and the AADSM consider oral appliances as a first line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea and an alternative treatment for severe sleep apnea. The TAP appliance is the most effective appliance , in my opinion, for severe sleep apnea.

It is vital to have a follow-up study to insure efficacy.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 7:01 PM