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Sleep apnea is a dangerous, chronic disorder in which a person stops breathing several times per hour while asleep. This results in very poor sleep and can have serious health consequences. Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:
Untreated sleep apnea is associated with stroke, hypertension, diabetes, decreased cognitive function, and increased chance of automobile accidents. Oral appliances for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring are designed to hold the lower jaw in a forward, slightly open position to open up the airway and allow better breathing during sleep. Thousands of people have been helped by these well-researched appliances. Their small size, comfort, and easy maintenance make them a popular option.
Dr. Goldberg uses the pharyngometer and rhinometer to evaluate the airway while the jaw is held in various positions. This technology enables us to set the oral appliance in the optimal position at the outset. We are the only practice using this high-tech approach in Western New York.
Many patients are interested in oral appliance therapy because they cannot use the CPAP machine. Oral appliances are small, easy to transport, do not involve hoses or masks, do not rely on electricity, and make no noise. In many cases, oral appliances are as effective as CPAP; in some cases, CPAP is a better option. Dr. Goldberg will review your sleep study with you to help determine if oral appliance therapy or CPAP is best for you. In many cases, oral appliance therapy is covered by medical insurance.