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What are common sleep apnea treatments for Spokane patients?

Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. It can cause a number of problems in a person’s life and can greatly affect his or her lifestyle, health, and well being. This sleeping disorder requires that patients consider sleep apnea treatment. Spokane dentist, Dr. Brossoit, can help patients obtain the proper diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea related issues.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder caused by an obstruction in the airway. It can cause patients to stop breathing repeatedly as they sleep, cutting oxygen from the brain and resulting in the patient waking up hundreds of times a night. It can prevent the patient from enjoying restorative sleep, which will result in daytime tiredness, confusion, memory loss, and other issues that are commonly associated with this sleeping disorder. Sleeping partners will often report that their partners snore a lot, wake up a lot, or gasp for breath many times during the night. This is when patients should consider a sleep study for a proper diagnosis of sleep apnea.

Once sleep apnea has been diagnosed, most sleep physicians will suggest that patients use a CPAP machine. This machine, also known as constant positive airway pressure, is a device that is worn by the patient at night to deliver air continually while he or she sleeps. However, this device can be cumbersome, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with, which reduces the compliance rate dramatically. Patients who have been unhappy with CPAP machines in the past may enjoy an alternative sleep apnea treatment.

Spokane residents can visit Dr. Brossoit to learn more about oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy utilizes an oral appliance that the patient wears at night. It is designed to reposition the jaw and tongue, which can fall into the throat and block the airway. This comfortable oral appliance can reduce the problem and give patients the ability to enjoy a restful night’s sleep once and for all. It is easy to use, comfortable, small, and effective, and many patients prefer oral appliance therapy to the use of a CPAP device. The use of oral appliances alone are best suited for those who suffer from mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea, whereas those with severe OSA may still benefit more from the CPAP.

It has long been recognized and recommended that the use of both appliances in combination therapy can help make the CPAP more comfortable and tolerable. This is due to the fact that in severe cases, the more open airway from the appliance requires less pressure from the CPAP to get the desired result.
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