Communication is Key.
We believe in a collaborative effort with patients and their physicians with GREAT communication and follow-up. Keeping you as the patient's primary care provider will help them to make the best decisions for their health. We take the time to educate and communicate to the patient exactly what they are needing treatment for and all the ramifications of this disease.
PCP offices are always made aware if any diagnosis and/or treatment occur. After treatment, we will refer patient back to their PCP for proper follow-up and communicate the outcomes of treatment we were able to achieve.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP)
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)
Recognized as the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea, we will always present C-PAP as the only option that can be 100% effective in opening the airway. Unfortunately, the compliance rate for C-PAP is below 50% and many patients are unable to tolerate it for numerous reasons.
Our #1 goal is to effectively treat patients with whatever therapy modality is best for them. In many cases, this is C-PAP and in others it is not.
According to the Guidelines of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, OAT is a first-line treatment for patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea or C-PAP intolerant severe cases prior to any surgical interventions.
OAT has a much higher compliance rate than C-PAP and is 85-90% successful in treating mild-moderate patients. Even severe patients experience relief of symptoms and are treated successfully in over 60% of cases.
There many things that ALL people can do to improve their sleep quality. A patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea can make some additional changes that may help keep their airway from collapsing at night. Any patient who is not responding to OAT or C-PAP alone will receive coaching on sleep hygiene and behavioral modifications they can make to get the best sleep possible.