Tired of Being Tired?
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder in which people repeatedly stop breathing during their sleep. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults has sleep apnea but more than 90 percent are undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to severe and life threatening health risks such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and diabetes.
The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP therapy. Unfortunately the majority of CPAP users find it to be uncomfortable and intolerable, and therefore are not satisfied with the results. Many continue living with untreated sleep apnea because they do not know that there is an alternative to CPAP. For most patients, a custom made Oral Sleep Appliance is easier and more comfortable to use which means patients are more compliant.
The Oral Sleep Appliance is a custom-made mouth piece that fits over the teeth, similar to a mouth guard. The object is to hold the jaw in a position that maintains the airway during sleep. These appliances are made in just a few appointments and then adjusted periodically.
The first step is a consult with Dr Pugh and then a sleep study. We order sleep equipment to be sent to the patients home and worn for a night. The patient then mails the equipment back and the results are read by a doctor specializing in sleep medicine. Dr Pugh will then make his recommendation based on the results of the sleep study. Patients who have already been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea will likely not need to complete a new study. Sleep studies and appliances are covered by most medical insurances.
Sleep peacefully again
Oral Appliance Benefits
- Covered by most medical insurances
- Easy to use & comfortable to wear
- Easy to bring when traveling
- Better Sleep
- Improved daytime functioning
- Higher compliance rates than CPAP therapy
- Less Snoring
- May help improve the sleep of your partner
Take the Sleep Apnea Quiz
The only way to be sure you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is to have a sleep study completed at home or at a qualified sleep center. Contact us today and take the quiz!