Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea (OSA) and possible results of non-treatment:
Some common symptoms of Sleep Apnea (OSA) are snoring, dry mouth after sleeping, morning headaches, night sweats, and dreams of drowning or not being able to breathe. Sleep Apnea (OSA) can lead to serious health problems including daytime fatigue, increased blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, stroke, anxiety, depression, and an overall reduced quality of life. It can also lead to serious health problems for the spouse or other family members whose sleep is being disrupted by snoring.
Diagnosing and Treatments for Snoring and Sleep Apnea (OSA):
Dr. Wesley makes it easy for patients to be tested for Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a simple take-home monitor to wear during sleep. The monitor, called a WatchPAT, is then brought back to the office and read by Dr. Wesley. The WatchPAT monitor will show how many times a patient has experienced breathing interruptions during the night. Depending on the results he will then talk over a treatment for snoring or sleep apnea (OSA). Features of the FDA-cleared WatchPAT monitor include:
- Easy to use: Wrist-worn device that doesn’t interfere with patient’s sleep position
- No sensors or electrodes on the head or chest and no nasal cannula – Customized 3-page report automatically generated from the zzzPAT software
- Only home FDA-cleared device to measure real sleep time (sleep vs. non sleep)
- 24/7 Customer Support for patients
One method of treatment for Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Mask (CPAP), a facial appliance that opens your airway during sleep. Most often, people that have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea (OSA), search for alternative solutions to the somewhat obtrusive mask. This mask is worn over your nose and mouth and is hooked to a continuous pressurized airflow throughout the night. For some patients it can also have some unpleasant side effects, such as: bloating, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, sneezing and mucosal dryness of the upper airway.
Dr. Wesley may have a better solution for your snoring or Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). He recommends oral appliance therapy, specifically the Moses appliance for his snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) patients. The Moses appliance is a custom-made, FDA cleared, intraoral device for the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The Moses oral appliance is worn during sleep and fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It is an adjustable custom-made device that incorporates 3 very specific dimensions into the design for maximum comfort and effectiveness: tongue position, mandibular advancement, and patient compliance. It comfortably supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open airway. Even in cases of congested nasal passages, the Moses appliance doesn’t interfere with breathing through the mouth and non-restricted (side-to-side or front-to-back) movements of the jaw are possible due to the varying elastic bands. Research has shown that the Moses oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Why the Moses Appliance for Snoring and Sleep Apnea (OSA) Patients?
- It is an adjustable, custom made device that allows better airway patency.
- It is more comfortable, easy to wear which enhances a better night’s sleep.
- Doesn’t interfere with breathing through the mouth, even in cases of congested nasal passages.
- Doesn’t make noise so it allows your partner to sleep better.
- Fewer undesirable side effects.