How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Sleep apnea is most commonly treated with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines that are used while the patient sleeps. It is comprised of a small machine, a hose and a mask for users to wear. Because of the uncomfortable and inconvenient nature of the machine, many patients are intolerant of this treatment, which leads them to seek out alternative treatment options.
Reasons for CPAP Intolerance
- Uncomfortable size or style of mask
- Difficult to get used to
- Difficulty tolerating the forced air
- Creates dry mouth and nose
- Many feel claustrophobic
- Makes it difficult to fall asleep
- Distracting noise
Mandibular Advancement Devices for Sleep Apnea
Dr. Richard D. Weigand treats sleep apnea with Mandibular Advancement Devices, or MADs. MADs are a more comfortable oral appliance solution that resembles a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. The device fits over the upper and lower teeth and are connected by a hinge. This works to push the tongue and lower jaw slightly forward, opening the airways for normal breathing.
Dr. Weigand has completed hands on training with Dental Sleep Solutions, the SPEAR Center and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the Spokane Sleep Apnea Network. Dr. Weigand advocates the use of MAD’s as an option to treating obstructive sleep apnea if you are a candidate.
The Proof is in Our Patients
They are caring, consistent, kind and easy to work with. I don’t enjoy a trip to the dentist but when it’s here, I’m comfortable and taken care of.
– Deanna D.
Benefits of Dental Appliances
- More comfortable to wear
- Improved sleep quality and quantity
- Less equipment to interrupt sleep
- Easier for travel
- Effective alternative to CPAP