Snoring vs. OSA
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is Snoring?

What is OSA?
(Obstructive Sleep Apnea)

What is OAT?
(Oral Appliance Therapy)




Every night, millions of Americans endure the effects of Snoring and Sleep Apnea, yet few are even aware of the potential health dangers. (“Apnea” comes from the Greek and means “without breath”). Snoring used to be just a joke, but now it is a critical indicator of a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder known as “Obstructive Sleep Apnea”. If untreated, OSA can be deadly… Fortunately, OSA is treatable… The present standard of care is CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) - remembered as “the mask, tube and air pump” – or - Surgery to remove the offending excess soft tissues when indicated.

Information is provided here for an alternative sanctioned treatment – OAT - Oral Appliance Therapy – accepted and recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (ACSM) as a first line treatment for mild to moderate OSA and in those cases of severe apnea where CPAP has not worked. OAT is also indicated for patients who snore but do not obstruct, and for those that have not responded to behavioral interventions - i.e. losing weight, sleeping on your side, stop smoking, avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, especially before bed.

What you learn here could easily prolong your health and your life…                                                           
Dr. Alan S. Tanisawa



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