I had no idea what a huge response I would receive from my last blog on obstructive sleep apnea. We have had so many people call, ask really great questions and make appointments, that I felt the need to talk about this topic once again. We had calls from spouses of snorers, and many from CPAP users..or shall I say people that are supposed to be using their CPAP machine.
The CPAP machine is a machine with a face mask that wearers place on their face at night to help air flow down their airway to keep the airway open. If the airway is open then you don’t snore. That is a great concept and works very well…if you use it. That is the big problem. Approximately 70% don’t wear it..hence the problem still exists. People still don’t sleep well. They prevent their partner form sleeping. They are both tired all day. They can’t concentrate well. They even have memory problems. Worst of all, not getting the proper oxygen to the brain can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Yes, we received many calls. Two of the most common questions are what can be done and how much is it? First we will need to determine if you have sleep apnea. We use a special set of questions along with a thorough oral exam, which will usually be followed by a sleep test. This can be done at a local sleep center or at home. We need to determine if sleep apnea is present and the severity of the apnea. From there we can determine, along with your MD, if a CPAP is appropriate or if an oral appliance will work for you.
Many people are not thrilled using the CPAP, even though studies have shown that it works well. The objection is usually the mask and bulkiness of the equipment which is also not very conducive to traveling. If we determine an oral appliance is for you, we can see if your medical insurance will cover all or part of the expense and then a few impressions and a couple visits later you have an oral appliance which is much easier to wear than the CPAP and in most cases works just as well. As you can imagine, appointments are filling up quickly, so please call our office today at 610-527-6700 and start sleeping and begin enjoying life to its fullest. Thanks