Effective treatment for sleep apnea without a mask
What is Sleep Apnea?
The most common type of sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes during sleep, causing a blockage of the airway (through either the nose and/or mouth), and loud snoring occurs accompanied by a 10-second or more lapse in breathing several times in a night.
There are three types of sleep apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common by far
Central sleep apnea occurs when the central nervous system fails to signal the muscles that control breathing.
Mixed sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances (much like athletic mouth guards) as an option for treatment for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
What are the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Those experiencing sleep apnea in any degree often share the following symptoms:
- Loud snoring, interrupted by gasps for air or choking during sleep
- Pauses in breathing of 10 seconds or longer
- Daytime sleepiness, regardless of the amount of sleep you think you had
Treating Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Burden uses Oral Appliance Therapy to control obstructive sleep apnea. This consists simply of using a device similar to a mouth guard to keep the airways open at night. Most oral appliances work by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward and slightly down, keeping the airway open.
A comfortable, effective alternative to CPAP
Up until relatively recently, the standard of care for sleep apnea treatment was the use of a CPAP machine, a device fitted with a mask to provide a regular airflow. However, many people cannot tolerate the CPAP, or find it difficult to use on a regular basis. Oral appliance therapy is the effective chosen method of treatment for many sleep apnea sufferers.
Already diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?
If you are already a diagnosed sleep apnea sufferer with mild to moderate apnea, you should make an appointment for a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Burden to discuss how Oral Appliance Therapy can work for you.
Not sure if you have Sleep Apnea? Take a test
Take a Free Sleep Test to get a better idea of the condition of your sleep and if you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. This is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale test, designed to see if you are getting enough sleep.
If you also have other symptoms, such as loud snoring or you or your partner have noticed that there are pauses in your breathing as you sleep, you could be suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep Test in the comfort of your home
Your next step is to take a sleep test to evaluate if you have sleep apnea, and its severity. Dr. Burden provides a Home Sleep Test. In the past a patient had to go to a sleep center for the night. This affordable test is done right in the comfort of your home.
The sleep test is done using a special dental device that records the night’s activity. The data is downloaded directly from the device and a physician who is a certified sleep specialist evaluates the information and makes a diagnosis with recommendation for treatment. Dr. Burden goes over the results with you and any recommendation from the sleep test.
Silence your Snoring!
Snoring is the sound of obstructed airways during sleep. When the soft tissues at the back of the throat fall back against the back of the throat they vibrate and cause the sound that keeps you or a loved one awake each night.
So, if you or a loved one has a snoring problem, a custom-fitted dental appliance (similar to a mouth guard) can keep the airway open and virtually eliminate snoring.
Fitting you for your oral appliance
If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dr. Burden can help you with oral appliance therapy. He will take impressions and design your custom oral appliance.
It’s made specifically for you and adjusted for maximum effectiveness and comfort. In periodic checkups, Dr. Burden will ensure your appliance fits well as he monitors your progress.
Dr. Burden recommends the TAP (Thornton Adjustable Positioner®) appliance. The TAP appliance has over a 95% success rate treating sleep apnea without the need for surgery, a CPAP unit or medication. The TAP is recognized as the market leader in oral appliances for sleep apnea and snoring and is currently prescribed by over 7,000 dentists worldwide.
Oral Appliance Therapy for Snoring
Dr. Burden can help you with your snoring using oral appliance therapy. This consists of using a device similar to a mouth guard to keep the airways open at night. Most oral appliances work by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward and slightly down, keeping the airway open.
Your first step is a Complimentary Consultation with Dr. Burden. He will do any necessary tests and discuss your symptoms in case you also have any symptoms of sleep apnea.
He will then take impressions and design your custom oral appliance.
It’s made specifically for you and adjusted for maximum effectiveness and comfort. In periodic checkups, Dr. Burden will ensure your appliance fits well and is doing its job.
Snoring can be a symptom of Sleep Apnea
While heavy snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea, not all snorers have apnea. But if you don’t know, or just aren’t certain, call Dr. Burden’s office at (757) 229-1224 for your complimentary consultation.
Dr. Burden can evaluate your symptoms and give you a sleep test to take in the privacy and comfort of your home. Soon after your test, Dr. Burden will evaluate the likelihood of you having sleep apnea, or whether it’s just severe snoring. Either way, Dr. Burden can help you find a solution to your snoring problem!
To make an appointment, call (757) 229-1224 or click here to request an appointment online.