If you test positive for Sleep Apnea, there are a variety of treatment options available to you. At her Rockland County, NY practice, Dr. Barbara Ollech will discuss these options with you.
Because the way each person sleeps is very personal, different people have an easier time succeeding with different treatments. That’s why the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine came out with a joint statement saying that patients should be involved in deciding which treatment modality they use.
Dr. Ollech and her team will make sure that you are well informed about your options so you can make a good choice.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Therapy is a machine placed at your bedside which has tubing attached to a face mask that you wear while sleeping. The machine exerts air pressure that keeps your airway open so that you get the air/oxygen you need. For patients who can tolerate sleeping with the mask, CPAP is a very effective method of treatment and leaves patients well rested and refreshed.
Surgical Options include a wide variety of procedures ranging from cutting out tissue that may be blocking your breathing, to implanting monitoring and stimulating devices in your body. Most patients today, don’t undergo surgery for treatment of Sleep Apnea. Instead they may be treated with an oral appliance.
Oral Appliance Therapy is preferred by many patients because, compared to a CPAP machine, oral appliances are quiet, comfortable, portable and easy to wear and maintain. There are more than 100 designs of oral appliances, so it’s important that the correct design is chosen to fit your specific needs. Dr. Barbara Ollech has the advanced training and experience to help you select the best appliance and customize it so it works for you. Best of all, oral appliances are easy to wear so they have a high compliance rate, making them a very effective treatment.
A properly fitted and customized oral appliance can be life-changing in helping you get the deep, restful and restorative sleep you crave – and need! Patients report feeling more alert and energetic, experience fewer headaches, and even improved memory. One of our patients told us that since she gets deep, REM sleep now she is dreaming again – when she hadn’t for a long time. Let Dr. Barbara Ollech and her team help you get your dreams back!