CPAP

By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf, DDS  11/18/2014
Keywords: Sleep Apnea, Cpap, Sleep Apnea Treatment

A number of treatment options are available for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. One successful treatment option that is usually tried first is therapy with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. Patients who are treated with CPAP wear a mask while sleeping that is connected to a machine that blows air through the mask and into the patient’s airway, keeping it open throughout the night. While CPAP is quite effective for the patients who can tolerate it, this therapy does have a number of drawbacks. The mask can be uncomfortable and the machine is loud, sometimes disturbing the patient and his or her partner. Additionally, for patients with an active lifestyle who enjoy travelling, vacationing, and camping, CPAP presents a further problem. The machine can be bulky to carry as luggage, and an electrical source may not be available to power the machine, leaving patients without the therapy they need for a good night’s sleep. For the approximately 50% of sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, Bridgeton dentist Dr. Kevin Burgdorf has another solution – oral appliances. Dr. Burgdorf works closely with his mentor, Dr. Thomas Gotsis, who has many years of experience treating sleep apnea with oral appliances. Working together, these skilled dentists are able to give patients alternatives to bulky, restrictive CPAP machines, guiding them through the process of getting a sleep study to diagnose their condition, and then prescribing appropriate treatment. If you suspect that you have sleep apnea or if you have any of the symptoms or risk factors associated with the condition, call our office today to learn more about your options.

Keywords: Cpap, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea Treatment

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