Ask the Experts: Dental Sleep Medicine – Dr. Amy Shoumer
Oral appliance therapy for Sleep Apnea provides a convenient successful treatment alternative to CPAP use.
Millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea are under the assumption that using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is the best and only way to combat interrupted sleep. It may surprise you to learn that there is another method. It’s called Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Not only is it effective and less intrusive, but it also requires no day-to-day machinery and is covered by most medical insurance plans.
Dr. Amy Shoumer, D.M.D. — who owns a comprehensive dental practice in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania — is determined to bring this innovative treatment to those in need of better sleep.
Dr. Shoumer is proud to partner with the medical community to provide OAT as the sole treatment or as supportive therapy for CPAP. As Dr. Shoumer said, “It is extremely rewarding to have patients report that they are now sleeping better and feeling better. Sleep is the key to your overall health”.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Sleep apnea is caused by the obstruction of the airway during sleep, which restricts airflow and leads to a potentially dangerous lack of rest. Unlike a CPAP — which uses cumbersome machinery to blast pressurized air into the airway throughout the night — Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) requires only that the sleeping patient wears a mouth guard-like device that ensures their airway remains open, allowing their breathing to continue uninterrupted. The result is a quieter, more discreet, and equally effective dental sleep solution.
According to Dr. Shoumer, “OAT is far less cumbersome than traditional CPAP therapy because oral appliances are easy to use, comfortable, noise-free, portable, and do not require electricity or distilled water-all reasons why patient satisfaction and compliance are significantly higher with OAT than CPAP.”
Dr. Shoumer’s Treatment Process
Those interested in Oral Appliance Therapy are encouraged to visit Dr. Shoumer’s Sleep Solutions website, where you can take a sleep apnea risk assessment quiz. If the results determine that you are at risk, the next step is to request a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Shoumer to discuss your treatment options.
Many patients have already completed a medical sleep study test prior to arriving for their consultation with Dr. Shoumer. If you have not, she will work with your medical doctors to arrange for a sleep test. This test can usually be done at home and involves nothing more than wearing a monitor while you sleep in the comfort of your own bed. Once you are diagnosed, Dr. Shoumer will work with you to generate a custom treatment plan, create a mold of your mouth, deliver the OAT appliance to you for a comfortable fit, and get you back to having restful and rejuvenating sleep.
Dr. Shoumer is passionate about comprehensive dentistry and is dedicated to meeting all of your dental requirements. In her words: “Comprehensive care requires something that is too often missing in our society: taking the time to get to know you and your real needs.”
Along with her snoring and sleep apnea solutions, Dr. Shoumer and her team provide expert care in cosmetic, implant, and general dentistry — helping grateful patients treat all of their oral health concerns at one beautiful and convenient Bryn Mawr location.
Amy Shoumer, DMD
919 Conestoga Road
Building One Suite 100
Bryn Mawr PA 19010
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