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At Cardinal Family Dentistry

Dr. Barker is a qualified dentist with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and an active member of the academy
30 million adults in the United States have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) which can cause poor-quality sleep and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke
We can treat both snoring and OSA with Oral Appliance Therapy, a comfortable and convenient alternative to CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machines
OSA treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy is covered by most insurance plans, and we work with all major healthcare and insurance providers
What Is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a type of sleep apnea disorder that occurs due to soft tissue relaxation in the throat and palate during sleep. These tissues collapse, obstructing the airway and preventing proper breathing. This can interrupt breathing for up to 10 seconds or longer, and this may occur hundreds of time per night, interfering with sleep and proper oxygenation of the blood.

What Are The Most Common Signs And Symptoms Of OSA?

OSA has a number of common signs and symptoms. These include heavy snoring, gasping and choking sounds while sleeping, gasping when you wake, daytime sleepiness and memory issues, headaches, and irritability. Your throat may also feel dry or scratchy when you wake up. If you notice any of these signs, call us right away for a diagnosis.

How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?

An oral appliance is a special type of retainer or mouthguard that is made to position your jaw correctly during sleep and prevent your airway from collapsing. This, in turn, eliminates the need for other treatments that are less comfortable , such as a CPAP.

After you have completed a sleep study in Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, or New Hill, Dr. Barker will fit you with an oral appliance to help you get a restful night’s sleep. If you are interested in an appointment, contact us now at (919) 589-5001, or come to our office at 1481 Chapel Ridge Road, Apex, NC 27502.

Can I Use Oral Appliance Therapy Instead Of A CPAP?

Yes! CPAP machines are effective, but most patients report that oral appliance therapy is much more comfortable, because it does not require a large, bulky CPAP machine, and does not restrict sleeping positions.

If you do not like your CPAP machine, oral appliance therapy may be a viable solution. In severe cases of OSA, CPAP machines may even be used in conjunction with oral appliance therapy to ensure the airway is not blocked during sleep.

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