Treating Sleep Apnea
CPAP is a Nuisance
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or use the restroom, but you decide to simply go back to sleep instead because you don’t feel like disconnecting your CPAP machine? You’re not the only one.
A continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine is highly effective for treating sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients simply stop using their CPAP machine because it’s such a hassle.
In order to use CPAP, you have to fasten a mask to your face and wear it all night long while it continuously blows warm air into the airway. CPAP is noisy and uncomfortable. It makes patients feel claustrophobic and forces you to sleep on your back.
Dr. Hobbs wants to help our Longview patients discover an effective treatment that you won’t dread wearing at night. As an alternative to CPAP, Dr. Hobbs features a small, non-invasive oral appliance.
Oral Appliance Therapy–Easy, Quiet, Unrestrained
An oral appliance, also known as mandibular advancement appliance or snore guard, is a small device that looks similar to a sports mouthguard. It works to clear any obstruction in the back of the throat. By slightly moving your jaw forward, it opens up the airway, allowing you to breathe freely throughout the night.
Your oral appliance is custom-made to meet your individual needs, ensuring maximum comfort while you sleep. Unlike CPAP, an oral appliance is quiet, so it won’t disturb you or your partner,
Dr. Hobbs wants you to experience the life-changing benefits that an oral appliance offers, such as:
- Small, convenient, and portable
- Easy to use
- Improves your daytime mood
- Enjoy soundless sleep
- Feel refreshed when you wake up
- Enhances your quality of sleep
- Custom-made just for you
- An affordable alternative to CPAP
Additional Treatment Alternatives
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with good habits has a significant impact on your wellbeing. That’s why Dr. Hobbs recommends certain lifestyle changes to make you less susceptible to sleep apnea. This can include limiting your tobacco intake, cutting back on drinking, or eliminating the use of sedatives before bed.
Another way to reduce your vulnerability to sleep apnea is by eating better and losing weight. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for sleep apnea. Losing weight will significantly improve the quality of the sleep you’re getting in addition to enhancing your overall health.
Dr. Hobbs may also recommend a variety of therapeutic activities to improve the quality of your sleep. This commonly involves alternative sleep positions. In many cases, sleeping on your side is the best option to avoid being on your back, which is the position where apnea episodes most frequently occur.
In some cases, surgery may be prescribed to treat sleep apnea. Surgery can be used to correct a deviated septum or to remove excess tissue that’s obstructing the patient’s breathing. There are also medications that can be used to help manage sleep apnea symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover oral appliances?
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of your expenses for an oral appliance. However, we do suggest contacting your provider for a more-in depth explanation of your coverage. We also offer flexible financing options for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance policy, contact our Longview office by calling (903) 686-9076, and one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.
Is sleep apnea curable?
In most situations, sleep apnea isn’t 100 percent curable. For the more extensive cases, surgery may be required to eliminate symptoms associated with sleep apnea. However, this is only used as a last resort. Luckily, Dr. Hobbs offers various options for treating sleep apnea before surgery is even considered.
If you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobbs. During this visit, he’ll examine your symptoms to determine whether or not a sleep study is necessary.
Is oral appliance therapy an effective sleep apnea solution?
Yes, oral appliance therapy can be an effective solution to snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances work by moving your lower jaw forward and preventing your tongue from falling backward, keeping your airway open while you sleep. However, in order to be effective, oral appliances must be customized specifically for your mouth.