At Sleep Better Baytown, our team wants to work closely with patients to help them determine the best therapy method for their unique sleep apnea symptoms, whether they can achieve lasting relief with custom oral appliance therapy or a traditional CPAP machine. In special circumstances, superior comfort and improvement may be possible with a combination of these two techniques. Dr. Dean Hutto offers combined therapy here in Baytown in order to improve not only the quality of nightly sleep but a person’s overall health and wellbeing too. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) therapy is the most prominent form of sleep apnea therapy. It features the use of a machine that is connected to a hose and a facial mask that covers the patient’s mouth and/or nose, funneling air down the throat at a consistent pace so as to prevent any breathing cessation. By making sure that you receive safe levels of oxygen throughout the night, CPAP does a good job of ensuring sound sleep. However, there is a serious downside: CPAP intolerance.
Many patients struggle to adapt to the bulky machinery and loud noises associated with the CPAP, experiencing chronic discomfort that eventually leads to them foregoing future use. While some people can eventually become accustomed after multiple weeks of diligent use, others will not be so lucky, leading to untreated sleep apnea.
Today, oral appliance therapy is strongly recommended by both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine as the first choice of treatment for patients who fit the following characteristics:
Oral appliances are painstakingly designed to fit each patient’s unique mouth. While there are a variety of different brands available, most correct sleep apnea by comfortably shifting the jaw and/or tongue in a way that keeps the airway clear and allows for easy breathing throughout the night. This type of therapy is easy to use and highly portable – you can even bring it along while traveling without any difficulties, unlike CPAP machines. However, it’s important to remember that many patients can’t achieve true relief from sleep apnea by solely using an oral appliance, especially those with severe symptoms.
By combining traditional CPAP and the use of a customized oral appliance, Dr. Hutto can help many patients achieve unparalleled relief from their sleep apnea symptoms.
Originally, many patients would have to use a CPAP system alone on its highest setting, which is very difficult to become accustomed to and can even cause unpleasant symptoms like headaches and dry mouth. However, by adding oral appliance therapy into the equation, the CPAP’s settings can be adjusted to a lower, more comfortable level while still achieving the same success, reducing noise and maximizing the chances of compliance. Even patients with severe OSA are often pleasantly surprised by how effective combined therapy can be – and because you can still use your oral appliance while traveling, there doesn't have to be any gaps in the treatment process!
We know, combined therapy probably sounds like a true “miracle cure” right around now. However, it’s still important to remember that no one treatment plan can be the perfect fit for every single patient in need. During an initial sleep apnea consultation, Dr. Hutto will take the time to explore your sleep testing results in full detail and recommend the right path forward. Our team is most likely to recommend combined therapy when the following conditions are met:
There are a number of valuable, lasting benefits associated with combined therapy, including the following:
Are you interested in learning more about sleep apnea and the treatment options available to you? Have you already tried CPAP therapy or oral appliances and are unhappy with the results? At Sleep Better Baytown, we want to help you find the treatment plan that works best for you and finally results in lasting, high-quality rest that helps you live life to the fullest. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation here in Baytown, TX, or if you have any specific questions we can answer for you. During this important visit, Dr. Hutto can review any past treatment you’ve undergone, take a close look at your sleep test results, and determine whether or not combined therapy may be a good avenue for further care.