Sleep Disorder Treatment

Prior to insomnia or sleep apnea treatments it is essential to have a comprehensive clinical exam to evaluate the compromised airway. First line treatment for OSA includes either Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine or oral appliance therapy for mild to moderate patients. Patients with severe OSA are recommended to initiate our CPAP therapy sleep disorder treatment in Fort Wayne.

CPAP therapy requires wearing a mask on your face at night that blows air (positive pressure) through your nose to keep your airway from collapsing at night. This breathing machine is kept on all night and can require adding distilled water to humidify the air you breathe. CPAP machines are not custom made but prefabricated with a number of different masks, which are attached to the hoses.

Oral Appliance Therapy requires wearing a customized oral appliance that rests on your teeth. This appliance serves to physiologically prevent the collapse of your airway by stabilizing your lower jaw, tongue, and soft palate. There are over 115 different variations of these customized appliances. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation is paramount for selecting the best device for you. Oral appliance therapy can be very effective in treating patients who snore and those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. Additionally, if severe sleep apnea patients are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine, they can be fitted with an appliance that positions the lower jaw and tongue to provide optimal airflow during sleep.

Custom Orthotic Device
Airflow with Orthotic Device Treatment

The two most important factors for success with CPAP and/or Oral Appliance therapy are nasal patency (ability to breathe adequately through nose) and BMI (body mass index).

Conservative non-surgical sleep apnea treatment is always attempted first, however, if these modalities fail Drs. Chenoweth, Presser, Light, & Klauer will work closely with providers who offer surgical options for managing OSA. These procedures range from surgeries on the nose, soft palate, tongue, and permanent repositioning of the upper and lower jaws.

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If jaw pain, facial pain, or sleep disorders plague you, let us help! The TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre has a treatment that will provide relief. From laser therapy and physical therapy to airway pressure machines and orthotic appliances, we will find a way to help you live your best life.

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