Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Knowledgeable & Competent Treatment for Sleep Apnea & Snoring in Birmingham, Alabama
Sleep Apnea is a debilitating condition that, as a result of the lack of sleep, causes many other risks to overall health. The most common form of sleep apnea is Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition where the airways get blocked repeated times during the night, causing breathing to pause.
CPAP treatment (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is considered the gold standard of sleep apnea treatment, especially for severe sleep apnea. However, in over 50% of the cases where it is prescribed, the patient is unable to tolerate this treatment.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recommended Oral Appliance Therapy as a first line of therapy for those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dr. John Poczatek is a certified Oral Appliance Therapy Provider and can fit you with a custom oral appliance that will keep your airways open. Oral appliances are made of smooth plastic and closely resemble a night guard. Studies show up to 95% tolerance of oral appliances and a similar effectiveness as CPAP for mild to moderate cases.