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Oral Appliance Therapy – Baytown, TX

Oral Appliance Therapy Helps Patients Rest Easier

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When it comes to treating sleep apnea, many patients still incorrectly believe that a traditional CPAP machine is their only option for relief. At Sleep Better Baytown, Dr. Dean Hutto is happy to let you know that this just isn’t true in most cases. A custom-made oral appliance from a well-qualified dentist can be a highly effective method for correcting Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In particular, this is excellent news for long-time sleep apnea sufferers who are intolerant to CPAP treatment because of its uncomfortable air pressure, facial masks, and loud sounds. If you are interested in finding out more about oral appliance therapy in Baytown, TX and determine whether or not your specific symptoms are a good fit for it, we invite you to schedule a consultation.

Is Oral Appliance Therapy a Good Fit for Me?

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An Invaluable Alternative to CPAP Intolerance

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If you’ve ever undergone CPR training, then you should know that the first major step for opening a person’s airway is to reposition their jaw forward. Oral appliance therapy applies this same basic principle to sleep apnea treatment. Each personalized device will guide the jaw’s resting position into a more forward spot, preventing apnea episodes and helping patients breathe easier throughout the night. The appliances are designed to be as comfortable as possible, easy to remove, easy to clean, and easy to store in compact ways when traveling. As a result, patients are much more likely to use them diligently and successfully treat their symptoms!

What Should I Expect When Using Oral Appliance Therapy?

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When compared with the use of a CPAP, sleep apnea patients have regularly reported a much quicker and more comfortable adjustment period when committing to oral appliance therapy. However, our Baytown team would still like to make you aware of a few side effects that may occur in the first few weeks of wearing the device.

What Does the AADSM & AASM Recommend?

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There are two major professional organizations that have set the standards for sleep apnea treatment regarding diagnosis, prevention, and overall treatment. They are known as the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). As a current member of the AADSM, Dr. Dean Hutto and the Sleep Better Baytown team are happy to help raise the bar for sleep apnea patients throughout the greater Baytown area.

Our practice follows the detailed recommendations laid out by the AASM and AADSM for patients undergoing oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea:

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