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.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dental Sleep Medicine is promoted by I HATE CPAP.com

Sleep Medicine and Dental Sleep Medicine have received wide coverage due to I HATE CPAP.com

This site has probably referred more patients for CPAP therapy than any other dental site in America. Because the majority of patients do not tolerate CPAP and these patients proclaim "I HATE CPAP!' they are drawn to this site.

I do not HATE CPAP but consider it a valuable and successful treatment for sleep apnea. The problem is that the majority of patients prescribed CPAP hate it.

the I HATE CPAP! website was actually named by the patients who have told me this for over 30 years.

For many years oral appliance therapy was considered by many sleep physicians to be a joke. That is no longer the case. When compliance and effectiveness are both considered oral appliances are far more effective than CPAP for many patients.

Many patients who are "successfully" treated with CPAP do not improve subjectively with CPAP treatment. In fact, many feel worse with CPAP than with no treatment. This is in spite of CPAP effectively trreating their apnea. Patients who utilize oral appliance frequently feel dramatic improvement in quality of life compared to CPAP treatment even though objective measurement shows resolution of apnea with CPAP.

CPAP can disrupt a patient's sleep even as it successfully treats their sleep apnea. Oral appliances frequently produce dramatic increases in QOL or quality of life even when apnea is not completely eliminated.

Successful treatment of sleep apnea requires both subjective and objective success. CPAP is often lacking when "feeling better" is considered important.

Learn more about comfortable oral appliance as an alternative to CPAP.

Better sleep caan lead to a better quality of life. Contact us today for information on Dental Sleep Medicine, oral appliances and improving the quality of your life.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 5:53 PM