Sleep apnea affects 12-18 million Americans and can lead to health problems such as stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. Most sleep apnea patients are given a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for treatment which is a mask attached to a machine that forces air into the airway during sleep. As you can imagine, the idea of wearing a mask to bed does not sound appealing and according to The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, up to 50% of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP. Oral appliance therapy consists of using a device worn like a mouth-guard to open the airway by holding your jaw forward. Oral appliance therapy has many advantages over the CPAP. There is no machine noise to keep you awake at night and the oral appliance should minimize snoring. Also, sleeping with an oral appliance is much more comfortable than strapping on a CPAP. Dr. Stan Farrell has extensive training in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Dr. Stan Farrell offers one of the leading alternatives for the CPAP, which is an oral appliance that can be used in conjunction with a CPAP or as a stand-alone oral appliance depending on the severity of the individual’s OSA. If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at www.az-tmj.com for more information.