In addition to comprehensive diagnostic testing services, our sleep center offers the most advanced treatment modalities available. Treatment for sleep disorders may include Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy, Bi-Pap or Auto-PAP therapy, prescription drug therapy, dental prostheses device therapy, oral appliance efficacy testing, surgery, and other procedures and therapy.
- CPAP Therapy
- Oral/Dental Appliances designed to help treat sleep apnea by keeping the airway open in by pushing the lower jaw forward (with the use of a mandibular advancement device (MAD), by preventing the tongue from falling back over the airway (with the use of a tongue-retaining device), or through a combination of both devices. Oral appliances can be effective for non-obese patients with mild sleep apnea, but in some cases has been effective for moderate and severe sleep apnea patients as well. The most common type of oral appliance is a MAD, which is adjustable to move the jaw further or reduce the advancement as necessary with a goal of finding the most comfortable and effective position for each patient. Not all dentists are knowledgeable or trained in the treatment of sleep apnea. If you wish to pursue oral/dental appliance therapy, please ask your sleep specialist for a referral to a dentist who is specializes in the treatment of sleep apnea.
- Prescription Drug Therapy
- Surgery often involves enlarging the airway by removal of soft tissue, or via expansion of the jaw structure. There are different types of surgical procedures, each with varying rates of effectiveness. Note that surgery sometimes may worsen sleep apnea. If surgery is an option that you are interested in pursuing, please ask your sleep specialist contact your sleep doctor to refer you to a surgeon that specialized in surgical treatment of sleep apnea.