Obstructive sleep apnea is snoring with quiet pauses in breathing ending in gasping, snoring or choking sounds.
various types of intra-oral appliances for those who either cannot tolerate CPAP treatment, who have failed CPAP treatment
Snoring is common in adults and as one ages, snoring becomes more prevalent. But oftentimes, the person snoring is not the only affected. Family members, and especially spouses, who are subjected to loud and disruptive snoring night after night, are also affected physically and emotionally. But the one who snores may also be risking developing very serious physical problems that can be life-threatening.
Most snoring can be effectively treated. Dr. Shankland may be able to help you if you're a snorer and if you sleep with someone who snores, he may be able to he you too, get a good night's sleep.
Dr. Shankland provides a variety of services to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Primarily, however, he provides various types of intra-oral appliances for those who either cannot tolerate CPAP treatment, who have failed CPAP treatment, or simply do not want to deal with the cumbersome and confining apparatus of a CPAP machine.
Dr. Shankland will deliver the appliance or appliances to you, go over the care and use of the appliances and then see you in a week to begin the process of titration . . . adjusting the appliance to move your lower jaw into a position in which your snoring and/or sleep apnea will be eliminated or greatly reduced. Once you and he are satisfied that your lower jaw is in the best position to treat your problem(s), then he'll refer you back to the sleep specialist for a follow-up sleep study to confirm the effectiveness of your appliance therapy.