Dr. John Korolewski is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He has special expertise in helping patients diagnosed and un-diagnosed patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). So, it’s safe to see we’ve seen numerous patients over the years at our Sheboygan dental office.
The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates 22 million Americans who struggle with sleep apnea, with 80 percent of moderate/severe casing going un-diagnosed. If you’re among these statistics, then maybe you’re already familiar with or have experience using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. It’s specially designed to deliver gently pressurized air through a mask covering your mouth and nose to help keep your airway open.
While CPAP therapy is the usual go-to treatment preferred by sleep physicians, we’ve found that when patients come to us for sleep apnea dentistry solutions, they’re fed up and just can’t tolerate it anymore. For various reasons, sometimes it’s OK to say goodbye to your CPAP and consider something like a custom oral appliance from your Sheboygan dentist instead.
A recent study showed “sub-optimal” results in terms of how sleep apnea patients adhere to their CPAP each night. Findings show an estimated up to 83 percent of the CPAP users who participated in the study were not using their CPAP for as many hours per night as they should, if at all.
Also, CPAP users averaged just 4 or 5 hours per night versus the recommended 7 to 9 hours. How many hours do you use your CPAP? Do you sometimes say, “Ah, forget it?” Sometimes it’s OK to admit things aren’t working out. Maybe it’s time you and your CPAP took a break?
Sometimes, it’s also OK to admit that your CPAP is just downright uncomfortable. We’ve heard patients tell us about how putting it on each night would give them feelings of apprehension or, even worse, claustrophobia. No one wants to feel that way when you’re trying to relax and go to sleep.
Patients also find the straps and headgear to be a real nuisance when you’re trying to sleep. There’s certainly an adjustment period that everyone must endure, trying to find the right fit. But sometimes, no matter how much you modify or fine-tune your setup, you can’t find a comfy, happy compromise.
As your trusted Sheboygan dentist, Dr. Korolewski has helped patients like you treat snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to listen to your CPAP or worry about moving around and disturbing the hose or machinery? An oral appliance can do this for you (and so much more.)
In most cases, oral appliances are extremely effective at fixing sleep apnea and are covered by most medical insurance plans. We can create a custom device similar to a mouthguard that you put in right before you go to sleep. It helps keep your airway open while you (and your bed partner) get the relaxing, restful sleep you need to stay healthy.
Let us help you get rid of your CPAP once and for all. Give us a call and talk to us about scheduling a visit to our dental office in Sheboygan. We can assess your case and find a solution that will finally give you back your peace of mind and a good night’s sleep.