There are alternatives to wearing a CPAP device for those with sleep apnea. Dr. David Little, a dentist in San Antonio, Texas, says that surgery can be done to remove the tissue blocking the airway. It is a hard surgery with long a recovery and a success rate of only 50%.
The other option is to use a dental appliance. The dental appliance is custom-fit for each patient. Dr. Little works with the sleep lab to move the jaw forward to the perfect position to allow for maximum air. It is very comfortable to wear and because of this, dental appliance usually have higher compliance rates than those with CPAP devices.
Dr. Little has a concern about purchasing over the counter dental appliances because you never know if they will work. A person will not know how to adjust it and even more, the patient can stop snoring and think they're fine, resulting in a "false-positive" but in reality, that person might still have apnea and that can lead to bigger problems down the road. Dr. Little says it's much better to let a professional design it and adjust it perfectly so that it's comfortable and we're getting results by testing.
Medical insurance does cover oral appliances and at Dr. Little's office, they help their patients get the maximum amount of coverage and help with that process so it's an easy transition.
Dr. David Little is a dentist in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on his practice, click here. He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.