|Sleep Apnea and Computers
A few years ago, Apple had a wonderful commercial that asked “What is the best computer?” The answer, of course, was “The one that gets used.” The most sophisticated things in the world will not be used as much as the simpler ones, if they are less comfortable or convenient, and if both do the job equally well. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
CPAP units serve a vital and necessary, life-saving purpose: they ensure an adequate amount of air reaches the lungs of persons with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Sometimes, and for extreme cases, they are the only possible treatment. But for a large percentage of OSA sufferers, and especially those who prefer to sidestep the cumbersome masks and tubes and noise of the CPAPs, there is an alternative. An alternative that is comfortable, silent, and effective. So effective that it is recognized, equally with CPAP, as a primary method of controlling OSA.
Our removable appliances function to bring the lower jaw forward during sleep, which in turn increases the room for the tongue to position forward, and away from the back of the throat. This means that there is less obstruction to the airway. Additionally, it pulls the soft tissues of the throat forward, and opens the airway. The result is less blockage of the airway, and this results in an easier and greater flow of air during normal breathing.
No single appliance works perfectly for everyone, but we work with the best ones available, custom made with highly advanced Computer Assisted Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology, and to precise specifications. The material is designed to last for years, and is extremely thin and durable. There is no wear on the teeth due to grinding. No noise, no tubes, no masks. It is extremely portable, and easy to take with you when you travel. And far less cumbersome than, say, an athletic mouthguard, or many of the nighttime biteplates.
And because they are so comfortable, patients wear them more readily. And because they wear them, they are more effective. They are “the ones that get used.” Makes sense, doesn’t it?
If you have a CPAP unit, and want something more comfortable, call us; we will work with your physician to see if this is possible. Or, if you would like a take-home evaluation test for an evening to screen the quality of your rest, please give us a call.
As always, we are here to serve you. And really now, nothing is quite as refreshing and rejuvenating as a good night’s sleep. And, experts and lay persons all agree, breathing improves your quality of life, most dramatically.