Sleep Apnea Appliances

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The quality of your sleep affects your daily activities and has a huge impact on the overall quality of your life. If you are not getting an adequate amount of sleep during the night, then you and your body may suffer from sleep issues and be prone to daytime sleepiness. Snoring and Sleep Apnea are more than annoying–they can lead to serious health-related issues. For many, treatment can be successfully achieved through a simple appliance worn while sleeping.

Many of our patients have opted for the use of an oral appliance in the treatment of sleep apnea due to their issues with CPAP/masks or for the convenience of travel.

There are many, many appliances used to treat sleep apnea and snoring. Some are one piece, some two but all work similarly; they hold the lower jaw forward during sleep. This brings the tongue slightly forward and in patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea (less than 30 apnea events/hr), works quite predictably.

Dr. Hensley uses a number of different appliances in practice. They are durable, effective and are among the most popular devices available.

Dr. Hensley has been working with patients using these appliances for about 15 years and has a high rate of success. He sees patients on a regular basis to get them started and accustomed to the appliance, and he is readily available if and when they have additional needs.

When Dr. Hensley and the patient agree that the symptoms have improved, he refers them back to their sleep physician for evaluation to confirm the resolution of the apnea issues.

If you are interested in an oral appliance or have additional questions, please contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Hensley.