Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Snoring
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is provided to open airway passages and improve airflow to the lungs. In mild cases, weight loss may all that is needed. Weight loss can help to reduce excess tissue that obstructs the airway passages in the neck of an overweight person.
People with neck sizes of 17 inches or larger are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea.
Using a Sleep Apnea/Snoring Appliance
There are several advantages that oral appliances offer over other forms of therapy. The appliances are easy to care for and are comfortable to wear. Treatment is non-invasive and reversible.
The Klearway is a patented appliance used in the management of obstructive sleep apnea and/or snoring.
The Sleep Apnea/Snoring Appliance is made up of two small custom-made plastic devices that resemble athletic mouthguards or orthodontic retainers. They fit comfortably over teeth and are worn while sleeping.
The device works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. Studies prove the appliance, when worn regularly, has proven and substantial results for the treatment of OSA and/or snoring. Patients have expressed their satisfaction in using this appliance.
Most medical insurance policies will cover the cost of this appliance when the patient is diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea by a certified sleep disorder center.
Dr. Jonathan Penchas has treated many patients using custom appliances and night guards. Dr. Penchas and the other dentists at Midtown Dentistry work closely with physicians and sleep centers to determine a diagnosis and develop the best treatment protocol for each patient.
Prior to seeking treatment for obstructive sleep apnea with us, patients should have a sleep study performed at a sleep center.