Sleep Apnea Treatments (Oral Appliance Therapy, OAT) in Worcester, MA

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Sleep apnea is a condition characterized by short, repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. This can occur when the muscles slacken, allowing gravity to constrict the airways and disrupt breathing. People with sleep apnea often wake up repeatedly throughout the night — even if they don't remember it the next morning — as a result of the brief suffocation they experience. Unfortunately, without the proper treatment, sleep apnea can inflict a great deal of stress on the body, causing mood changes, fatigue, foggy brain, and even more serious ailments, like a stroke or heart attack.

You may have sleep apnea if you frequently experience the following symptoms:

  • Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
  • Loud and frequent snoring
  • Unexplained fatigue during the day
  • Sleeplessness at night
  • Being woken up by gasping, snorting, or choking

At Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates in Worcester, MA, we concentrate on creating customized night guards to help our sleep apnea patients. Dr. Monica Gobran is pleased to offer you this simple, comfy, and reliable support that will help you attain better health and well-being.

What are the Benefits of Sleep Apnea Treatment?

At Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates, we understand the impact that sleep apnea can have on your daily life. That's why we are dedicated to providing effective and comfortable treatment options for patients. By addressing sleep apnea, you can experience a range of benefits, including:

  • Improved quality of sleep: With proper treatment in Worcester, MA, you should be able to get a full night of rest without interruptions. This can lead to feeling more rested and energized during the day.
  • Reduced risk of other health issues: Sleep apnea has been linked to serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Treating sleep apnea may reduce your risk for these conditions.
  • Better mood and mental clarity: Sleep apnea can cause mood swings and difficulty concentrating. With proper treatment from a professional, you can feel more alert, focused, and even-tempered throughout the day.

Sleep apnea is often treated using a continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, which works by keeping the airways open. However, many patients find the CPAP's mask and straps to be uncomfortable, and some even have more trouble sleeping with the device than without it.

If you have tried to use a CPAP mask and had limited success, we invite you to reach out to Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates to ask about oral appliance therapy (OAT). This approach uses a custom-fitted guard (similar to a mouth guard or retainer) that is designed to pull the jaw into a forward position to keep the upper airway clear and open. There are over a hundred different models on the market so Dr. Gobran will work together with you to be sure to get the right one for you. During your consultation, she will perform an examination of your jaw, tongue, airway, and teeth. You may also have digital x-rays taken to ensure the appliance fits comfortably.

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If you regularly experienced moments throughout the day when you were unable to breathe, you would probably seek help immediately. However, many patients put off sleep apnea treatment, either because they don't understand their condition or can't remember waking up repeatedly during the night. If you have reason to believe you might be suffering from sleep apnea, we urge you to schedule an appointment at Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates right away. Dr. Gobran will listen to your symptoms and help formulate a treatment plan so you can sleep soundly again. Call our practice in Worcester, MA to learn more.

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Can anyone use OAT for sleep apnea?

OAT is generally recommended for individuals with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, as well as those with severe apnea who cannot tolerate or refuse CPAP therapy. It is essential to undergo a thorough evaluation by a sleep specialist to determine if OAT is a suitable option based on individual circumstances.
 

Can OAT be used in combination with other sleep apnea treatments?

Yes, OAT can be used in combination with other treatments, such as lifestyle modifications or positional therapy, depending on the specific needs of the individual. This approach may provide a comprehensive strategy to address various aspects of sleep apnea.

How long does it take to adapt to using an oral appliance?

The adjustment period to using an oral appliance varies from person to person, but most individuals adapt within a few weeks. Regular use is crucial for optimal effectiveness, and any persistent issues should be discussed with a member of our team at Dr. Monica Gobran & Associates.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.