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CPAP Alternative

Anyone who has been diagnosed with sleep apnea knows the CPAP machine is the medical industry’s gold standard of treatment. However, CPAP may not be the best way to treat every person who lives with sleep apnea. 

Many CPAP users do not like the machine. As a result, some people with sleep apnea avoid using their CPAP machines regularly, and some people stop using the CPAP completely. This creates a greater risk for sleep apnea symptom relapse and all of the health complications that come along with it – heart attack, stroke, complications for diabetes, rise in blood pressure, weight gain and obesity. 

Proper sleep is vital to your health because it allows your body to repair itself and keeps your mind functioning effectively. If CPAP disrupts your sleep, or the sleep of someone you love, it might be time for you to explore alternative treatment options. 

Dr. Marc Whitmore was one of the first dentists in Texas trained to treat sleep apnea. Sleep medicine physicians consult with Dr. Whitmore to learn about alternative treatment modalities for sleep apnea. 

At Whitmore Dental, we offer oral appliance options for people with sleep apnea. In general, these options are best for people diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea. 

How the Oral Appliance Works 

Once Dr. Whitmore confirms your sleep apnea diagnosis, and identifies that the source of your apnea is in the throat and / or mouth, he works with you to design a custom solution. Most often, Dr. Whitmore designs an oral appliance that is fit and worn like a retainer. 

You place the oral appliance in your mouth before you go to sleep. While you sleep the appliance helps keep your airway open, allowing for constant airflow so you can rest comfortably through the night. 

Dr. Whitmore has successfully treated more than a thousand people from throughout the Dallas metroplex for sleep apnea. Patients attribute many life enhancements to their work with Dr. Whitmore. One woman believes she received a promotion because she now has more energy at work, a gentleman reported loosing more than 25 pounds after sleeping well for eight weeks. 

You do not have live with sleep apnea, or suffer through noisy CPAP nights and irritating facemasks. If you would like to learn more about the Whitmore Dental, non-invasive, noise free treatment options for sleep apnea, please schedule a visit today, or give us a call at 877-77-WHITMORE (877-779-4486). 

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition where there are short, repeated interruptions in breathing while you sleep. Your brain will then wake you to resume the breathing process. This can occur hundreds of times a night without you knowing. This can lead to chronic fatigue while you are awake.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea and is caused by the soft tissue of your throat collapsing and blocking your airway. As a result, your brain and heart do not get enough oxygen.

 This puts sleep apnea sufferers at a higher risk for serious health issues including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Gastric reflux
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes 
  • Heart attack

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Snoring is one of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, but there are other more subtle symptoms you should be aware of. These include:

  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches
  • Short term memory problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Waking up choking or gasping
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  • Decreased sex drive

 

If you experience any of these symptoms, speak with Dr. Whitmore to be evaluated for sleep apnea.

 

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