Many sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea are not aware of a highly succesful alternative to the CPAP mask or surgery -- dental sleep appliances.
Oral sleep appliances can be used as an alternative to a CPAP mask or surgery to effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, oral appliances are as effective as the CPAP mask for treating mild and moderate cases of sleep apnea. Sleep-related oral appliances look similar to orthodontic retainers and TMJ appliances. They attempt to dilate or open the airway by altering the position of the lower jaw and/or preventing the tongue from falling back.
Because oral appliances are less invasive and often more successful than surgery, it is recemmonded that patients who are considering surgery first evaluate the effect of an oral appliance. Oral appliances are the most accepted form of treatment.
You can learn more about oral sleep appliances at http://brownkushner.com/sleep_treatment.asp
Dr. Gerald Kushner, DDS, began treating sleep apnea over 15 years ago when his son, then 2 years old, was diagnosed with OSA. He has since dedicated his career to improving the lives of those with sleep apnea. Because the CPAP mask is hard for many to consistently use, Dr. Kushner's oral sleep appliances have truly been able to change lives. A recent patient of his told me, “The difference is phenomenal. I feel better during the day. I don’t hit the wall at 2:00 pm. But, best of all, my wife says that I look younger and my good attitude and sense of humor have returned.”
Dr. Kushner's work treating sleep apnea with a non-surgical alternative to the CPAP mask is truly worth your time to look into if you are currently hitting the wall with the CPAP option. You can learn more about Dr. Kushner at http://www.dentalsleepapnea.com/ or call his office at (949) 833-8020. His office is in Irvine, CA.