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, February 1, 2010

CPAP: Still the Gold Standard?

For over two decades, CPAP has been considered the "gold standard" in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) but has always had poor patient compliance. Because of ease of use and comfort, oral appliances are the much-preferred method of treatment. Even with making CPAP machines smaller, quieter and sometimes heated, the masks are still quite uncomfortable for many patients with sleep apnea. If you suffer from sleep apnea and CPAP just is not working for you, please contact Dr. Ira Shapira at our Gurnee, Illinois dental office today. For years, we have heard our patients declare, "I hate CPAP!" and we responded by offering more comfortable treatment modalities such as the very successful oral appliances we offer.

Oral appliances to treat sleep apnea are custom-fitted to help you sleep soundly and minimize the effects of sleep apnea. These devices are FDA approved and allow you to breath easily and continuously throughout the night. They are worn in the mouth and keep the soft tissue from collapsing and interrupting your normal breathing pattern.

If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like to explore more comfortable treatments than CPAP, please contact Dr. Ira Shapira today.

posted by Lynn at 8:53 AM