Oral appliance therapy, (OAT) for sleep apnea has now been widely accepted by physicians and the public as safe, effective and easy to use.
OAT is a comfortable, easy and affordable treatment that offers flexibility and lightweight portability. It travels well, and does not require replenishment of disposable supplies. As an added plus, it is reimbursed by nearly every insurance carrier, and Medicare. Contact your sleep doctor or complete this Contact Us form and we’ll connect you with a California Center for Sleep Disorders physician to discuss whether OAT is appropriate for you.
Provent therapy is another well-accepted therapy for OSA. This discreet, disposable device is applied to the nostrils nightly and requires no mask or machine.
Provent therapy uses the power of your own breathing to create Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) to hold the airway open and enable natural airflow. Once you have a prescription from your sleep doctor you can obtain Provent from Grove Medical Equipment by calling (510) 263-3333.
Research shows that patients who make healthy lifestyle choices such as weight loss, smoking cessation and exercise reduce signs and symptoms of OSA.
In addition, practicing good sleep hygiene such as creating a regular bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, minimizing stress and reducing screen time can improve the quantity and quality of sleep.
Oral appliance therapy and Provent are now widely accepted by physicians and the public as safe, effective and easy to use.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), the most commonly performed surgical procedure for OSA in the U.S., is a treatment option with a somewhat low rate of success but we suggest you consult your physician to see if surgical options may be available to you.