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Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

An effective, comfortable alternative to CPAP.

If your patient suffers from sleep apnea, it’s time to consider OAT, one of the most effective treatments for this condition.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a clinically proven treatment for millions of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients who have used OAT have reported high levels of satisfaction and compliance with their therapy.

Because our providers are in-network and oral appliances are covered by most health insurance plans, your patient will have the most cost effective solution to OSA.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][us_btn text=”Find out more about our Comprehensive Solution?” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftexasdentalsleepservices.com%2Fcomprehensivesolution%2F|title:comprehensivesolution” style=”2″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”OAT compared to CPAP” tab_id=”1686258947555-2e6f24aa-e6a4″][vc_column_text]According to several studies, oral appliance therapy (OAT) is as effective as or better than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy at improving adverse health effects in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients were significantly more compliant with OAT, and more than half of patients preferred OAT, while less than a quarter preferred CPAP. Both CPAP and OAT may reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents among OSA patients who suffer from sleepiness. CPAP and OAT were similar in measures of quality of life, sleepiness, and driving performance. However, CPAP was more effective in reducing AHI and ODI, and improving oxyhemoglobin saturation levels. Still, there was no significant difference between the two treatments when it came to health perceptions, sleepiness, and functional outcomes. OAT is a viable alternative for those with mild-to-moderate OSA and in severe patients if CPAP therapy fails.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Combination OAT compared to CPAP” tab_id=”1686258947570-e07ba478-29b4″][vc_column_text]Combining oral appliance therapy (OAT) and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be an effective therapy for patients who are resistant to both treatments, according to a study. The study found that residual apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was lower on combination therapy than on CPAP or OAT. Patients used combination therapy for a median of 6.4 hours per night at the follow-up. In comparison, a randomized controlled trial found that OAT is as effective as or better than CPAP therapy at improving adverse health effects in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients were significantly more compliant with OAT, and more than half of patients preferred OAT, while less than a quarter preferred CPAP. Another meta-analysis found that although CPAP was more effective in reducing AHI and ODI, most patients preferred OAT, and patients were far more compliant with OAT. Both therapies had a similar effect on sleep structure by increasing N3 and REM sleep. OAT was similar to CPAP in terms of impact on sleepiness and quality of life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][us_single_image image=”3193″ align=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Ftexasdentalsleepservices.com%2Fslug%2Faadsm_evidence_brief_6-18-2021%2F|title:AADSM_Evidence_Brief_6.18.2021|target:_blank” animate=”afr”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”middle” height=”large” us_bg_image_source=”media” us_bg_image=”1405″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]

“You can tell how much this company cares for their patients and consistently work towards providing them with the highest quality service.”

— Kimberly M.

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Treatments for Sleep Apnea, Snoring & Facial Pain

The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Though it’s effective, most patients complain that their CPAP machine is loud, uncomfortable, and awkward to use.

That’s why our providers offer oral appliances as an easy and effective alternative to CPAP. These small devices provide a number of benefits CPAP can’t because they’re:

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Our Patient’s Guide to Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you find yourself feeling tired, irritable, or fatigued throughout the day? If so, you may be suffering from a serious condition called sleep apnea.

Download our free e-book to learn more about sleep apnea and how one of our providers can relieve your symptoms to help you get a good night’s rest.[/vc_column_text][us_btn text=”Download” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fnmgprojects.com%2Finfosites%2Fsa-reed08%2Fsleep-apnea-ebook%2F|||” size=”18px” icon=”fas|angle-right” iconpos=”right”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″ el_class=”ebook-cover” css=”.vc_custom_1535391600519{background-image: url(https://texasdentalsleepservices.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/sleep-apnea-cover-blank.jpg?id=1416) !important;}”][vc_column_text]

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sleep apnea & snoring.

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Frequently Asked Questions

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”What is obstructive sleep apnea?” tab_id=”1600199898676-b51afee5-91fa”][vc_column_text]The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It’s a serious medical condition that occurs when your mouth and throat muscles relax, causing a blockage in the airway. This makes you stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night, leading you to partially wake, usually gasping for air. 

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include: 

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How is sleep apnea diagnosed?” tab_id=”1600199898735-d87311c3-6f68″][vc_column_text]Sleep apnea is diagnosed with a test called a polysomnography, or a sleep study. Sleep studies are used to measure certain sleep patterns, like: 

Typically, you can complete your sleep study at an overnight sleep center with a certified physician providing supervision or in the comfort of your own home. At Texas Dental Sleep Services, we can refer you to a local sleep specialist to take a sleep study as necessary. After you’re diagnosed, Dr. Reed will discuss your treatment options and help determine the best solution for you.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”How do you prepare for a sleep test?” tab_id=”1600199931110-b2622e3f-db6f”][vc_column_text]To prepare for an at-home sleep test, Dr. Reed recommends following these helpful tips for an effective diagnosis:

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Will insurance cover an oral appliance?” tab_id=”1600199949330-efdecc8d-7946″][vc_column_text]Some insurance providers may cover a portion of your oral appliance. We recommend contacting your insurance provider ahead of time to get an understanding of your coverage. To make it easier, we’ll assist you with billing your insurance company and help you make the most of your benefits. We also offer payment and financing options to help make your care as affordable as possible. [/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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