What Is The Treatment For Sleep Apnea?
C.P.A.P. (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
When you are diagnosed by a physician as having Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), their first mode of treatment is to prescribe for you a CPAP mask and machine. The machine is a pump that forces air through a tube that flows into a mask that you wear on your face at night.
By forcing air from the pump, through the mask, down your throat, into your lungs, the CPAP insures that your tongue will not block your airway and you will be able to breathe at night while you sleep. The problem is that over 75 % of all the people who are prescribed to wear a CPAP mask cannot wear it because it is so uncomfortable and claustrophobic. Patients also complain that the airflow can cause their throats to dry out and that having to lay on their backs stationary and not being able to move around when they sleep makes it hard to get a good night’s rest. If you have been diagnosed as have SEVERE Sleep Apnea, this is the only mode of treatment that is available. If, however, you have been diagnosed as having MILD or MODERATE Sleep Apnea,
Dr. Tamura can offer you a different alternative….
C.O.A.T. (Continuous Open Airway Therapy)
If you have been diagnosed with Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea, Dr. Tamura can fit you for a removable mouthpiece called a SomnoDent Appliance.
The SomnoDent has two parts, an upper member and a lower member that fit together to hold your tongue away from the back of your throat at night when you sleep. This allows for the Airway to be Continuously Open at night and prevents the life threatening side effects of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. That is why it is called C.O.A.T. (Continuous Open Airway Therapy). This comfortable appliance helps to decrease (or eliminate all together) Snoring and Daytime Sleepiness and fatigue.
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