Category Archives: Obstructive Sleep Apnea

We Beat Sleep Apnea

These two authors successfully adapted to the CPAP machine, unlike 50% to 80% of the population and good for them! However, it’s too bad they didn’t research and provide more information on the #1 alternative recommended treatment to CPAP, oral appliance therapy, other than just mentioning it in their article. Kudos to them explaining the hassles and hidden costs of acquiring a CPAP though. I suspect they will be writing an article on oral appliance therapy at sometime in the future when they tire of using the CPAP everywhere/everytime they sleep.

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Asheville woman suffers a stroke after ignoring sleep apnea symptoms

Family members of a majority of my patients expressed their concerns about their loved ones snoring, holding their breath and gasping for air.  If patients could only hear the noises they make when trying to sleep, they would be scared as well. Too bad it took a stroke for this woman to start listening to her loved ones and see a sleep medicine specialist!
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CPAP Requires Electricity

One of the many benefits of using oral appliances to manage obstructive sleep apnea is that oral appliances DO NOT require electricity.  California regularly experiences “rolling blackouts”, due to the numerous fires throughout the state during fire season and in the hot summers, when the grid can’t handle the load of all the air conditioners running at once.  Oral appliances don’t require electricity!
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Oral Appliance Therapy – Overview

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed a website devoted to sleep education, appropriately named SleepEducation.com Included are their recommendations on Oral Appliance Therapy for CPAP intolerant patients and those with Mild or Moderate obstructive sleep apnea.  Be sure to take advantage of this resource when you, your friends or family have questions.


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