What are the advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy over CPAP?
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has, until now, been the most popular way to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients find the device uncomfortable, loud, and cumbersome, which increases the risk they will stop using it. On the other hand oral appliances are quiet, require no external power source, and allow you to sleep more naturally without a mask over your face. The size makes them very portable.
While you’re wearing the SomnoDent, you’ll be able to drink, yawn, speak, and close your mouth completely. It’s easily adjustable and treatment with the appliance is reversible and non-invasive. Not only will you sleep more comfortably, your sleeping partner will not be awakened by equipment noise.
How does the oral appliance work? How does it prevent obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring?
An oral appliance works in several ways:
- It repositions and stabilizes the lower jaw and tongue while also repositioning the soft palate and uvula.
- It also increases the muscle tone of the tongue.
- In this way, the soft tissues and tongue are prevented from collapsing, which keeps the airway open and unobstructed and also halts snoring.
Through the above actions, the tissues and tongue are prevented from collapsing in keeping the airway open and unobstructed. Since air flows freely into the lungs, the forced flow of air and vibrations of the tissue (known as snoring) do not occur.
Can I expect success with OAT (Oral Appliance Therapy)?
While each individual is different, OAT has been proven to be extremely effective at solving obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Where many patients are frustrated with CPAP and discontinue its use over time. In studies, patients prefer oral appliances to CPAP and adhere to therapy better. Dr. Morgan reported 84% success with his patients in his recent clinical trials and even improved upon their wearing his new protocols.
What are your office hours and locations?
We are open Mondays and Wednesdays 9am – 5pm, and Thursdays 9am – 2pm.
We have offices in San Diego and Encinitas:
- 5471 Kearny Villa Rd, 2nd Floor
San Diego, CA 92123
- 320 Santa Fe Drive Ste 105
Encinitas, CA 92024
What are your payment options?
We are happy to accept payment by cash, check, traveler’s check, and major credit cards (American Express, MasterCard, Discover, and Visa). We also accept CareCredit financing.