Sleep Oral Appliances in Denver, CO
You have obstructive sleep apnea, and you need proper treatment to manage symptoms and protect your health; however, you’ve been told that CPAP therapy isn’t right for you. It can be incredibly frustrating for people to hear that the standard way to treat sleep apnea isn’t available to them, but we want them to know that our dentist, Dr. Steven Wilk, and the team at Denver Sleep Apnea Center offers an alternative to CPAP.
What is oral appliance therapy?
If you’re looking for an alternative to CPAP therapy, then you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Wilk has received advanced and specialized training to be able to provide treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea. Here at Denver Sleep Apnea Center, we offer our patients oral appliance therapy. For patients with mild-to-moderate forms of OSA, oral appliance therapy can be a real game-changer!
This comfortable dental device is custom-made to fit your mouth. It fits over the upper and lower teeth and positions the jaws and tongue forward while you sleep to prevent tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing. Other oral appliance options actually hold the tongue in place to prevent it from blocking the throat while you sleep. Whichever oral appliance you end up choosing, these dental devices can keep airways open throughout the night, which can eliminate snoring and also help you get a good night’s sleep night after night.
I’m interested in oral appliance therapy. What do I do?
To find out if you could benefit from oral appliance therapy, you’ll need to come into our practice for an evaluation. A lot will depend on the type and severity of your sleep apnea. Patients who are current CPAP therapy users who still experience symptoms may also find that combining oral appliance therapy with CPAP drastically improves their symptoms and helps them achieve better sleep than with CPAP alone. Again, this is something that you and Dr. Wilk can discuss during your evaluation.
Once Dr. Wilk determines that you are an ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy, impressions of your teeth will need to be made. You’ll come back into the office, where we will then fit you with the device and talk you through all instructions on what to expect while wearing your oral appliance. You may, at some point, also need to come back to our office for periodic adjustments.
If you’re living with sleep apnea, but you’ve been told that CPAP isn’t right for you, then call Denver Sleep Apnea Center at (303) 758-4865 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Wilk!