OSA Alternative Therapies Toronto
If you or someone you know suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, call and schedule an appointment with Sturm & Associates.
As licensed sleep apnea dentists the team is able to help you breathe easier with alternatives to CPAP Therapy.
CPAP Therapy and OSA
If you follow this blog you will remember that OSA is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing. The person stops breathing because the back of the throat relaxes so much it closes the airways.
While there is no one reason for obstructive sleep apnea, there are some people who are in the high risk category for the disorder.
People in the high risk category include:
- Those who snore loudly
- Overweight people
- Women who are post-menopausal
- People with large necks
- Those with chronic nasal congestion
- Thyroid disorders
- Neck and head tissue defects
- Down syndrome
- Swollen adenoids or tonsils
- Excessive drinking
Some people have no symptoms of sleep apnea while others just don’t feel rested during the day. In addition, snoring is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, not everyone who snores suffers from OSA.
Other Signs Include:
- Snoring followed by quiet periods known as apnea episodes
- Cessations in breathing witnessed by another person
- Dry mouth
- Chronic fatigue
- Morning headaches
- Low libido
- Falling asleep during the day
- Memory problems
- Mood swings
CPAP Therapy for OSA
The number one solution for OSA is CPAP therapy or continuous positive airway pressure, uses air pressure to keep the airways open.
The machine consists of a hose connecting to both the machine and a mask. While CPAP therapy continues to improve it isn’t for everyone.
Although it does work some find it uncomfortable and cumbersome. Those that do, often abandon the treatment. If this happens the person suffering is right back to square one.
Oral Appliance Therapy Yorkville
Dr. Judy Sturm provides patients with alternatives to CPAP Therapy. Those alternatives come in the form of oral appliance therapy. Types of oral appliance therapy include oral splints and custom made mouthguards.
Unlike CPAP oral appliances hold the mouth open without forced air pressure. This makes it more comfortable for some.
Get Help for OSA
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or believe you may have it, schedule an appointment with an OSA dentist in Toronto.
Dr. Sturm is ready to get you back to sleep with alternatives to CPAP therapy. Call or send a direct message and schedule an appointment with a sleep medicine dentist in Yorkville today.