If you already have a CPAP machine then you have probably already been diagnosed with either OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnoea) or UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome) and know the consequences of leaving these conditions untreated.
CPAP is definitely the gold standard against which all other treatments for OSA and UARS are measured. If you can’t tolerate a CPAP machine – and you are not alone in this – then something needs to be done to keep you breathing effectively while you sleep.
At Capricornia Dental Centre, we take a very personalised approach to constructing and fitting you with a physiologically based appliance to treat sleep apnoea and sleep disorders related to difficulty in breathing.
An oral appliance can be used to stop your lower jaw from falling back while you sleep and obstructing or impeding your airway. Oral appliances were not reliable in the past, mainly because they didn’t respect your physiology. Contemporary sleep dentistry places much more emphasis on maintaining a jaw position that is both physiologically compatible with maintaining your airway and also allowing your body to relax and recover which is what sleep is all about. Be very wary of accepting any appliance that doesn’t respect your physiology.