CPAP Treatment for Sleep Apnea
The most recommended treatment for sleep apnea by physicians is still Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). The reason being that most physicians learned very little about sleep apnea in medical school, and the little they did learn taught them that CPAP treatment was the “gold standard”, mainly because it was a medical device invented by a physician, and was the only device tested and validated in scientific journals at that time. After many years of testing and studying and reporting in medical journals, for the past 15 years, the AMA, FDA, AASM and the AADSM ALL RECOGNIZE ORAL APPLIANCES AS FIRST-LINE TREATMENT OF OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA. Unfortunately, many health practitioners as well as the general public, are unaware of this fact, and therefore too many patients are not being treated for their life-shortening medical disease of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
If I seem biased towards Oral Appliances over CPAP’s it’s because I AM! And the only reason is because patients prefer it over CPAP 5 to 1! And when a patient prefers a certain modality, they are much more likely to stick with it over the long haul. Don’t get me wrong! CPAP’s are great if you use it! The problem is that 70-80% of patients prescribed CPAP’s never take it out of its drawer, and if they do use it, they only use it a few hours/night and only a few nights/week.