Dental management of the treatment of OSA with Oral Appliances should be done by a qualified dentist who has had serious training in sleep medicine and sleep related breathing disorders. It is imperative that there be proper protocol for diagnosis, and follow up.
FOLLOW UP office visits cannot be overstated in their value for the treatment of OSA with an Oral Appliance.
Weight loss is also an effective treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. It may be easier to lose weight when using a CPAP or Oral Appliance.
Sleeping on your side will help as well.
There have not been any effective drugs or medications for treatment of OSA. Use of alcohol ( having a “night cap”) or taking a sleeping pill will make OSA worse.
Surgical treatment has benefit in certain individuals.
Early management of this condition can prevent and in some cases reverse bodily changes such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and drowsiness. Unfortunately, some of these changes are permanent when OSA has not been treated for many years.
I would be happy to discuss your situation. The initial consult regarding possibility of using an Oral Appliance is free. My concern is for your well being. Please feel free to contact the office.
Dr Steve Lipinski Diplomat candidate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine