Southeast Michigan’s Patient Guide
CPAP & Its Alternatives
Obstructive sleep apnea is an issue that’s currently affecting nearly 22 million Americans. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine, which has provided positive results for a number of patients.
But CPAP isn’t right for everyone. Many people have discontinued CPAP because it restricts their freedom and makes sleeping difficult.
In contrast to CPAP, an oral appliance is a convenient solution for snoring and sleep apnea that won’t hamper your freedom. We feature oral appliances that are effective in many cases for treating patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. The appliance works by slightly shifting the position of your jaw to keep the airway open while you sleep.
Our patients really appreciate how easy it is to use their oral appliance. It’s so small you can take it anywhere. And unlike CPAP, oral appliances are quiet and they don’t require a power source, so you can use them anywhere.
Getting the Right Diagnosis
Patients often don’t realize that sleep apnea and loud snoring are not the same thing. Snoring is a loud vibration that occurs when air flows through constricted soft tissue while you sleep. Many patients who are heavy snorers also suffer from sleep apnea, which is a serious medical issue that causes you to stop breathing several times each night while sleeping.
Dr. Aragona is an experienced sleep dentist who provides effective care for both snoring and sleep apnea. He partners with local sleep physicians who will diagnose your sleep apnea and prescribe an individualized treatment plan.
If you think you might be suffering from sleep apnea, go ahead and take this Sleep Disorder Assessment. It helps us see if you require a home sleep test. A home sleep test allows a sleep doctor to determine if your heavy snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health
Once you’ve received an official diagnosis for your sleep apnea, it will allow us to treat your condition. This is crucial for protecting your health.
Sleep apnea doesn’t just interfere with you and your partner’s ability to get a good night’s rest. When left untreated, sleep apnea increases your risk for a variety of negative health consequences, including strokes, heart disease, depression, weight gain, insomnia, type 2 diabetes, mood swings, and potential liver problems.