Taking a vacation this summer with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Summer is just right around the corner. Many Americans will be on family vacations, business trips and leisure travel. For people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), travel can be a hassle of bringing along the continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device that includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor. Is there an alternative device for treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea besides CPAP? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is an effective treatment option for treating patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a custom fit sleep appliance. OAT is worn only during sleep and it fits like a sports mouth guard. There is no mask, tubing or running motor. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) recommends OAT for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Obstructive sleep apnea is diagnosed by the physician. Once the patient is diagnosed with OSA, the physician and the patient can decide the best treatment option. If OAT is the treatment option, the physician writes a prescription and refers patients to the Glendora Dentist who can provide OAT.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
• Patient compliance
• Easy to wear
• Convenient for travel
• Easy to care for
Glendora Dentist can help
• Works closely with the physician to treat OSA
• Talks to patients about the benefits of OAT
• Provides information on potential side effects and the cost of OAT
• Conducts a complete clinical evaluation: examination of the teeth, jaw, tongue and airway
• Takes impressions and models of the teeth for lab to fabricate OAT
• Fits and adjusts OAT, oral hygiene instructions
• Schedules for sleep study to verify treatment (OAT ) success
• Schedules follow up visits to ensure the optimal fit of OAT
• Schedules for annual assessment
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) helps travelers to continue their sleep apnea treatment while on the road. Treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) promotes a healthier heart, body and mind. With good sleep, you will live a happier and healthier life.
If you want information on treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), schedule a free consultation with the Glendora Dentist, Dr. Anna Lee at 626-335-5114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org