Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep Apnea Treatment

There are three main options in the treatment of OSA: CPAP, Dental Appliance or Surgery.


The “Gold Standard” for treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea worldwide is Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). Nearly every OSA patient diagnosed in sleep labs today is told they need to begin using a CPAP machine for treatment.

CPAP works by pushing constant air pressure through the nose and into the throat. The pressure works to push back the tongue, soft palate or other tissues that are obstructing the airway. The pressure is constant, so a CPAP user cannot breathe through their mouth or the air will blow out. They also must become trained to exhale against the pressure because it is constant (this varies slightly with Bi-PAP).

Despite efforts to improve, long term CPAP compliance remains under 35%.

Dental Sleep Appliance

Dental Sleep Appliances are very effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. The appliance is used to hold the mouth in such a position as to maximize the size of the airway while sleeping. To do this, Dr. Stummer uses jigs to hold the mouth in position and then looks at instrumentation that measures the size of the airway in each position. When the best position is found, a bite registration and impression of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab to be made. Dr. Stummer then has his patients return for checks to see how the appliance is working and whether any adjustments need to be made. It may take a little time to be accustom to the appliance, but patients are very happy with the improvements their energy levels and overall well-being! Dental Sleep Appliances are generally covered by medical insurance.


There are several surgical procedures being performed on OSA patients daily. Ranging from simple outpatient types to complex procedures. Efficacy ranges from poor to good depending on the procedure.

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