If you are finally ready to do something about your sleepless nights or your spouses heavy snoring and you are looking for a Weston sleep apnea specialist, look no further than Dr. Stephen J. Pyle DDS. Weston’s “first dentist” Dr. Pyle has been treating obstructive sleep apnea with comfortable and convenient dental appliances for years.
Dr. Pyle is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). The AADSM is the foremost authority on an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It encourages the continuing education of dentists working with patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Dr. Pyle holds the AADSM Board Certified Dentist designation as a result of his experience with dental appliances and ongoing work with patients with obstructive sleep apnea and their sleep disorder physicians.
An Alternative to CPAP Therapy
For years the primary treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was CPAP therapy. This device is worn at night. It fits over the nose where air under pressure is pumped in via a hose connected to a compressor. The forced air provides the pressure to keep the airway clear while the patient sleeps. With a clear airway there is no snoring or gasping.
CPAP therapy has its drawbacks. It’s uncomfortable and patients have a low tolerance for its use. It is cumbersome to transport if you travel away from home. It requires a plug in within reach of the pump’s cord; a problem in some hotels.
There is an alternative and it is the therapy that Dr. Pyle specializes in. Custom formed dental appliances are worn at night much like a sports guard. The appliance slightly adjusts the position of the jaw preventing a collapse of soft tissue into the airway.
With the appliance in place the patient gets the same advantages of CPAP therapy without the inconveniences. With appliances the patient can speak normally and even drink water.
If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, call our office today and make an appointment to see Dr. Pyle. Your sleepless nights and daytime fatigue can quickly become a thing of the past.