Sleep apnea causes repeated temporary pauses in breathing while sleeping. This sleep related breathing disorder could have serious consequences if left untreated. In mild cases, simple lifestyle changes may control the condition. Some of these changes may include sleeping on your side, losing weight, and quitting smoking. However, if these measures are insufficient, a sleep physician will likely prescribe a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure) machine.
For some people, the thought of being tethered to a machine every night for the rest of their lives is unbearable; others try the CPAP machine and cannot tolerate it. Thankfully, there is another option – Dr. Bruyere can create a custom oral appliance for you. There are two common types of devices, MAD (mandibular advancement device) and TRD (tongue retraining device). Both are small, lightweight, and comfortable.
This is the most common type of oral appliance; it is similar in design to a dental retainer. These keep the airway open while you sleep by moving your lower jaw down and slightly forward.
If your tongue tends to fall back and block the airway during sleep, this device may be recommended. It keeps your tongue in a forward position, preventing it from closing your airway.
Dr. Bruyere will help you choose the best option. Once a treatment plan is in place, he will take impressions, and have your new sleep apnea device custom made. After you receive your oral appliance there will be a period of adapting, typically patients adapt within a week. Adjustments will be made, if necessary, to ensure optimal results and comfort. It is important that you keep your scheduled checkup appointments so Dr. Bruyere can monitor your progress.
You might be surprised to discover what a difference a good night’s sleep can make. Imagine awakening refreshed and ready to face your day with energy and enthusiasm, instead of weary drowsiness. With comfortable, convenient oral appliance therapy, this can be a reality!
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and do not want to use a CPAP machine, Dr. Bruyere can help. Call (903) 708-6116 to learn more about sleep apnea treatment, or to schedule an appointment.