Your doctor and/or dentist will make the decision on which treatment type is right for you and that often depends on the severity of your obstructive sleep apnoea.
COAT™ — Continuous Open Airway Therapy
Worn during sleep, continuous open airway therapy is a first line treatment option for people with mild to moderate OSA and consists of devices that have two components which fit over the upper and lower teeth.
These oral devices are comfortable and simple for patients to use which is why many patients prefer COAT therapy to other options. COAT is also a viable option for those who do not respond well to other treatment options.
Devices in the SomnoDent® family of products treat OSA by stabilizing and / or moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This optimal position of the jaw, prevents the patient’s airway from collapsing during sleep.
Who prescribes COAT?
A sleep physician will diagnose you with OSA and determine the most effective treatment option for you. After the physician prescribes COAT therapy, a qualified sleep dentist will conduct a thorough oral exam to confirm your oral health status, as well as ensure you are dentally appropriate for the device. Dental impressions and a bite registration are required to fabricate the SomnoDent. These items are then sent to SomnoMed where the device is made. Once customized for you, the device will be fitted by the dentist, who will instruct you on how to insert and remove it by yourself, including how to clean and care for it.
MAS are a medical device and you will need a referral from a health care professional to have a MAS fitted by a qualified trained dentist. Not all dentists are trained in sleep medicine & COAT therapy. For a list of SomnoMed preferred dentists near you, please contact us
CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
CPAP is worn at night while sleeping, pressure is applied through a tube and mask that covers the nose and mouth. While the majority of patients are prescribed a CPAP machine when they are initially diagnosed with OSA, various studies report CPAP compliance rates at or below 50% at 2 years
A surgical approach may be an alternative to create an open airway. The goal of surgery is to create a more open airway so obstructions are less likely to occur. Surgery can
be quite invasive and sometimes worsen the apnoea. There are several different surgical procedures with varying degrees of success.
Losing weight may help reduce the severity of OSA.