Doug had suffered from daytime fatigue and snoring for years. “I would even struggle to stay awake at work,” says Doug. “There were times that I would find myself falling asleep while driving too.”
Doug’s physician recommended he have a sleep study done. The results revealed that he had severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). After being prescribed a CPAP, Doug tried to wear the CPAP but couldn’t wear it with the high air pressure that was necessary for his severe sleep apnea.
After being invited to a seminar that, Dr. Rod Willey, was holding on Oral Appliance Therapy for snoring and sleep apnea, Doug and his wife decided to attend.
“Dr. Willey explained that the oral appliance was approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a first line of treatment for mild to moderate OSA and could be used as an alternative to CPAP for those with CPAP intolerance or in combination therapy with the CPAP,” says Doug. For those patients with severe sleep apnea, like Doug, the most effective treatment may be a combination therapy using a minimally invasive CPAP at a lower more comfortable air pressure as well as the oral appliance.
“The appliance has worked very well for me!” says Doug. “My wife gets more rest and I’m not falling asleep at work anymore.” More importantly I’m not falling asleep behind the wheel and my blood pressure has come down,” he continues.
“My energy has definitely increased. I have a big family and everyone has noticed the difference it’s made,” says Doug. I keep hearing them say, ‘My goodness, Dad doesn’t snore anymore!’ ‘Dad’s not falling asleep when we’re watching a movie together!’ “
“I used to wake up multiple times during the night, and I knew it was because I wasn’t getting deep sleep. I never got a deep sound sleep, and now I am!” he says.
“I know that my risk of having a heart attack or dying in my sleep because of my severe sleep apnea is now greatly reduced because I’m being treated. I look forward to many more years of watching my kids and grandkids grow up,” says Doug.
For more information on Oral Appliance Therapy contact the Illinois Institute of Dental Sleep Medicine at 309-243-8980. As a general dentist, Dr. Rod Willey has received a Diplomate from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Dentistry. He provides treatment for snoring, sleep apnea and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) with oral appliance therapy.