A C-PAP machine is a common treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
. It pumps air through the nose, while you sleep, preventing the collapse of the airway. This is the treatment of choice for Severe Sleep Apnea. Unfortunately many people cannot tolerate C-PAP and abandon it after a short period of time. Gillum Dentistry offers an effective and comfortable C-PAP alternative treatment called Oral Appliance Therapy. An Oral Appliance for sleep apnea holds the lower jaw forward and slightly open to help maintain an open airway reducing snoring & sleep apnea. Oral Appliances are an effective, comfortable and non-invasive C-PAP alternative for patients with comfortable jaw movement and healthy natural teeth. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine
states that oral appliance therapy is appropriate for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and patients who prefer them as an alternative to a C-PAP machine. Severe sleep apnea patients can wear a C-PAP machine in conjunction with an oral appliance to dramatically reduce the air pressure flow making C-PAP much more comfortable and effective!