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Sleep Apnea and Computers

Advanced Technology For Stopping Sleep Apnea

CPAP mask and sleep apnea appliance

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, right? When it comes to sleep apnea and computers, we're developing the skills to create affective treatments and monitor results with state-of-the-art technology.

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 more comfortable, silent, and just as effective. So effective that it is recognized, equally with CPAPs, as a primary method of controlling OSA.

Our removable sleep appliances work by bringing the lower jaw forward during sleep, which in turn increases the room for the tongue remain forward and away from the back of the throat. This means that there is less obstruction to the airway. Additionally, they pull the soft tissues of the throat forward and open the airway. The result is an easier and greater flow of air during sleep, leading to higher quality rest.

No single appliance works perfectly for everyone, but we work with the best ones available, using those custom-made with highly-advanced computer assisted design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology. 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, and no masks like with a CPAP. Our appliances are extremely portable and easy to take with you when you travel. They are also far less cumbersome, than say, an athletic mouthguard or many nighttime bite plates.

And because they are so comfortable, patients wear them more frequently, which in turn makes them more effective. They are “the ones that get used” that we touched on earlier. 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 sleep test for an evening to screen the quality of your rest, we can help you with that as well.

As always, we are here to serve you. Nothing is quite as refreshing and rejuvenating as a good night’s sleep. Experts and laypersons all agree that proper breathing improves your quality of life and health dramatically, so if you’re having sleep troubles, don’t suffer another restless night! Reach out to Advanced Dental Arts NW to get the care you need.