Seeking Sleep Apnea Treatment with a Dentist may Allow You to Ditch Your Unwanted CPAP Device Once and For All!
- Posted on: Apr 15 2019
At DeStefano Dentistry, patients in the area of Pittsford, NY who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, may be unhappy with their physician’s recommendation of using a CPAP device. A CPAP machine is used to help keep the airways open for patients who have had this diagnosis. However, it is difficult to travel with and for many, can be uncomfortable.
Understanding obstructive sleep apnea
First, patients need to have a proper diagnosis before they can work with the team at DeStefano Dentistry to seek treatment. Obstructive sleep apnea is a blockage in the airways that can keep a patient from breathing properly during their sleep, causing them to wake up sometimes hundreds of times in one night and not achieving the restorative sleep they need to feel their best the following day. This condition can increase a patient’s risk for other medical problems, in addition to increasing issues such as depression and anxiety. The best way to treat this condition is to address the cause of the blockage, and with a dental provider, this is often achieved with oral appliance therapy.
How oral appliance therapy works
Instead of using a cumbersome device to achieve an open airway, Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano may suggest the use of an oral appliance. An oral appliance is a medical-grade device that is worn in the mouth to keep the tongue down and open up the airways so patients can reach the deep levels of restorative sleep they require to function the best each and every day. These oral appliances are comfortable, easy to care for, and are often more desirable than treatments such as CPAP therapy. Our dental team can fabricate an oral appliance for patients to help them treat their condition and improve their overall quality of life.
Are you ready to take control of your obstructive sleep apnea?
Patients in the community of Pittsford, NY who are interested in addressing their condition are welcome to book a consultation visit with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of DeStefano Dentistry. The practice, located at 600 Kreag Road, can be reached by calling (585) 248-2383 for an appointment. Our office is currently accepting new patients in the area.
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