First-Line of Defense for Sleep Apnea Suffers

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Sleep Apnea | No Comments

What is the first line of defense for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) suffers?  Last year the American Academy of Sleep Medicine officially sanctioned the use of dental appliances for first-line treatment:

It’s well understood among all healthcare professionals that patients who cannot tolerate their therapies quickly abandon them.The search for comfortable and effective treatments for OSA did not begin and end with CPAP, as it was learned early on that not everyone could tolerate it. Dentists introduced OAT 30 years ago as a means to help patients treat snoring, upper airway resistance, and OSA. Sleep_Solutions_Sleep_Apnea_Naples_Snorning

Today, after years of research and development, OAT has earned its keep, satisfying critical benchmarks in trials to prove it can be effective in the long term for patients with mild to moderate apnea. With so many millions of Americans living with OSA, and with so many of them dissatisfied with CPAP, sleep-trained dentists are poised to meet the needs of these patients.

Bennett asserts “there is a great need for sleep apnea treatment, and dentists who practice dental sleep medicine provide a treatment that is easier to live with, proven effective, and in high demand among both patients and sleep physicians.”

 

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