Treatment of Sleep Apnea
When it comes to sleep apnea treatment, the “gold standard” has long involved the use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This machine uses air pressure to keep a patient’s airway open so that they can breathe normally during the night. The device requires a patient to wear a mask that is connected to the CPAP machine by a hose.
Generally speaking, CPAP therapy is considered a success if the machine is worn by a patient for 4 hours per night for 5 of 7 nights. Due to the difficulty of wearing the mask and being tethered to the CPAP machine, most medical studies report that compliance is 50% or worse. This is troubling in lieu of the fact that people with untreated sleep apnea tend to live 7 years less than the general population.
However, Dr. J. Lee Pettigrew can now offer a safe, effective, and easy to use alternative: oral appliance therapy. If you’d like to learn more about how just a small oral appliance could solve all of your sleep problems, simply click on the link below.
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