According to the National Institutes of Health, Sleep Apnea affects more than 12 million Americans. In addition to daytime fatigue and being more accident prone, Sleep Apnea sufferers behind the wheel are said to be more dangerous than drunk drivers. Untreated, Sleep Apnea can contribute to heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain, depression, impotency and frequent headaches and migraines.
In some people, the windpipe that brings air into the body is blocked during sleep. This keeps the lungs from getting enough air. People who have Sleep Apnea can stop breathing for up to a minute at a time. These pauses can occur up to 400 times per night with consequences that can be serious and even life-threatening.
Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a common treatment for sleep apnea. The CPAP machine pushes air through the airway at a pressure high enough to keep the airway open during sleep. A CPAP device includes a mask, tubes and a fan. It uses air pressure to push your tongue forward and open your throat. For those who can tolerate CPAP therapy, it is an effective option. However, it is estimated that only 22% of those with CPAP devices use them on a consistent basis. Many users have found them to be bulky, noisy, uncomfortable, inconvenient and even embarrassing.
Dr. James Andrews offers an alternative to CPAP for those unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. Oravan is a comfortable, custom-fitted oral device for heaving snorers and those who have mild to moderate Sleep Apnea. Oravan provides an effective FDA-approved device that can keep airways open without inconvenient, bulky CPAP machines.
Dr. Andrews will customize your device based on the severity of your apnea, size and shape of your jaw and tongue, and whether you grind your teeth or have TMJ. It will be fitted to work effectively and give you a restful night’s sleep with excellent comfort.
Call Dr. Andrews toll free 1-877-966-9009 to arrange a complimentary consultation. If someone you know needs to overcome Sleep Apnea or heavy snoring, please refer them. We are always happy to welcome new patients.