Dr. Carol Cunningham is one of thousands of AADSM dentists practicing in the growing field of dental sleep medicine to help treat snoring and sleep apnea. Once a patient is diagnosed with primary snoring or obstructive sleep apnea by a board-certified sleep physician, Dr. Cunningham can provide an effective, custom-fitted oral appliance to help maintain an open, unobstructed airway during sleep.
Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable alternative to the traditionally-prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which includes a face mask, tubing and a constantly running motor. CPAP has maximum benefit for patients only when they are willing and able to use it continuously. However, up to half of sleep apnea patients don’t comply with or can’t tolerate CPAP. Patients often prefer oral appliance therapy because it is more comfortable than CPAP, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for.
“For the millions of people suffering from sleep apnea, the consequences of a poor night's sleep – higher stress, increased mistakes, difficulty concentrating – are everyday occurrences. But it doesn't have to be this way,” said Dr. Cunningham. “Many of my patients have found more restful sleep and an improved quality of life since starting oral appliance therapy.”
To learn more about oral appliance therapy and schedule a consultation, call 217.422.7448. Visit our library topic on Snoring & Sleep Apnea for additional information.
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