Dr. Bez is the premiere provider of Sleep Apnea services in Columbus, Ohio.
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
OSA occurs when the muscles and tissues surrounding the throat relax causing the airway to completely collapse and block airflow into the lungs. This blockage cuts off the oxygen supply to the body and brain. The airway obstruction persists until the brain partially awakens the person. The repeating cycle-falling asleep, muscles relaxing, airway collapsing, unconsciously awakening with a gasp- is the reason there is never a restful night of sleep. The lack of oxygen puts extra stress on the entire body, especially the heart.
Sleep apnea is a serious chronic disease that may trigger other serious health problems:
Have you been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea? Were You Prescribed the CPAP Machine? Is the CPAP uncomfortable of have you stopped using it? Are you tired of wearing a mask when You sleep?
Research shows that CPAP Failure is high. Most patients find the CPAP mask uncomfortable and only wear it an average of 4.5 hours per day, five days per week, which has shown to be an insufficient amount of time to alleviate their sleep apnea symptoms.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, there is an alternative solution to treat your sleep apnea, The Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP).
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends oral appliances, like the TAP, as a first line of treatment for mild and moderate sleep apnea and in cases of severe apnea when CPAP has not worked. In a study in which patients tried both an oral appliance and CPAP, patients preferred the oral appliance 20-1 over CPAP.
The TAP is the only mandibular advancement device that can be adjusted easily while in the mouth. This feature allows the patient to be in control of their treatment.
Most patients experience relief the very first night they wear their TAP. It usually takes about a week to get use to wearing the appliance. Nine in ten patients wear the appliance all night, every night.
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