Not everyone needs a CPAP machine to treat their sleep apnea. And not everyone with sleep apnea can stand using their CPAP. At The Sleep Apnea Center of Novi, our treatment helps you get the care you need if CPAP is not a viable option for you. Instead of wearing an uncomfortable mask, you may be able to treat your obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. If you’re a good candidate, you can enjoy these sleep apnea oral device advantages in Novi and beyond:Zac S. on what to expect during your Sleep Apnea Treatment Read Transcript
So my name's Zac, I am the sleep coordinator here, so I handle everything sleep related. So from when the patient comes in to when they leave at the end with their appliance, I'm handling everything there. As far as what a patient can expect on their first visit is a 30 to 45 minute conversation with me, just trying to get an understanding of what they go through. So sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy is really symptom based. So what we're looking for is symptom relief, so that first appointment, getting that full understanding is very important for them. We have that quick conversation, I make the connections of what they're going through to the potential of having sleep apnea, and then they leave the appointment with a home sleep test to take in their own home.
Good sleep is very important for just quality of life and longevity, so lack of oxygen connects to every part of your body. Every single part of us needs that oxygen, so when we're not getting it, they start to shut down. So main two things connected are your heart, number one, and your brain, number two. So getting good sleep is just making sure that those are working properly along with every other part of your body. So a patient should look out for snoring. They should look out for their spouse letting them know that they have complications with just their natural breathing process during their sleep. So some other things that they can notice are daytime fatigue.
We could notice acid reflux as a large thing and lastly, something that most people don't notice is dry mouth. So if you're getting consistent dry mouth, it's a sign that you're either snoring or mouth breathing at night, which is a sign of an obstruction of your natural passage of breath. Yeah, so I make a patient's experience as comfortable as possible for just taking care of everything for them. So when they come in here, they don't have to worry about getting scripts, getting paperwork, going to eight different doctors. Everything happens here, and as far as behind the scenes, I take care of everything for them. So when they come in, they get my cell phone number, so we can have open communication. They are completely free to reach out to me anytime of day, and I'm just texting them, calling them back.
Just that open communication, helping them through their process is probably what I do most. Yeah, so I mean, the first thing that you got to do is just come and talk to us. So setting up our complimentary consultation, having that 30 minute talk, letting me get that understanding. When I know what's going on, I'm able to put you in the right direction. So whether you need a home sleep test, whether you need to do something special because of Medicare, go into a polysomnogram and the in-lab will make sure that you're set up the right way, even if it isn't through our office. So just getting them into testing, and getting them into the treatment they need. I'm looking forward to meeting you and to helping you get good sleep again.
- The device is effective at treating mild, moderate, and severe sleep apnea symptoms who cannot tolerate CPAP.
- You’ll experience many symptoms improve quickly.
- You don’t have to wear a mask over your face.
- There’s no noisy machine to keep you and your partner awake.
- You don’t have to sleep near an outlet or mess with a cord or hose.
- You’ll be able to sleep in any position.
- You can wake up without a stuffy nose or sore throat often caused by a CPAP.
- An appliance is easier to keep clean than a CPAP machine.
- You can use it anywhere – on a plane, in a car, even sleeping in a tent.
CPAP Machines Just Aren’t Right For Some Sleep Apnea Patients
The major problem with the CPAP is that about half of all people cannot tolerate wearing it at night and often stop using it. Those people are still waking up feeling exhausted – even after eight hours of sleep – and put themselves at a risk of serious medical problems like heart disease, diabetes, and even stroke.
Our patients who have an oral appliance love it because it’s simple to use and comfortable. An appliance:
- Is easier to keep clean than a CPAP
- Can be slipped into a pocket or purse for easy transport
- Won’t change your normal sleep routine or your sleep partner’s
- Is effective at treating mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea
- Can reduce your risk for developing serious medical problems down the road
An oral appliance can give you the relief you need. Call us today at 248-264-3922 to schedule a free consultation and see if you’re a candidate. You could soon begin enjoying sleep apnea oral device advantages in Novi.