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.