Sleep apnea and snoring issues are most commonly caused by a blockage in the airway, which slows breathing while your body is at rest. At Gulf Shores Sleep Specialist, Foley, AL dentist and sleep specialist Dr. Steven Todd offers positive airway pressure (PAP), which is still generally considered the most effective treatment of sleep apnea, especially for the very severe cases. The goal of the treatment is to keep the airway from collapsing using air pressure through a machine that sits on your bedside table. The automatic positive airway pressure (APAP) machine is a new, smart technology for the CPAP that automatically adjusts the air pressure based on your needs. We can discuss both options at our practice to decide on which treatment would be best for you.
"Thank you Dr. Todd and Staff. They made this experience personal. I didn't feel rushed and my options were explained in great detail. I am happy to have found an option that deals with correcting the root cause of my sleep apnea."- A.N. / Google / Sep 12, 2018
"My wife was being kept awake at night because of my snoring. More importantly, she worried about what appeared to her as me gasping for breath throughout the night. I did a sleep study and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. It was scary how many times I would stop breathing while asleep.I started using a CPAP machine, and while they work great for some people, it was not the answer for me. It made me feel claustrophobic, making it hard to fall asleep.Dr. Todd suggested an oral sleep appliance as a possible alternative. I was willing to give it a try and am so happy I did.Dr. Todd provided me with a custom appliance that fits perfectly. I now fall asleep easily and according to my wife snoring is a thing of the past. More importantly, I sleep soundly at night without gasping for air.When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a different person. I am no longer tired due to inconsistent sleep.I would recommend Dr. Todd specifically because he takes the time to ensure whatever works best for you is the plan of action taken. He listens and involves you in the process to resolve your sleep issue.An added benefit for me is that I have more energy throughout the day. As a result, I am able to exercise more and have lost weight."- T.L. / Google / Aug 26, 2018
"My CPAP was intolerable - I was getting tangled in the tube and the air was blowing directly into my wife's face, so she wasn't sleeping well. I was getting upper respiratory infections, even though I was cleaning everything 3 to 4 times a week. After getting fitted with my device, I'm sleeping soundly without snoring, and my wife is sleeping better. Thanks, Dr. Steve."- T.R. / Google / Aug 28, 2018
"Dr. Todd uses the most advanced research and technology in sleep medicine. He listens and connected with us as more than just patients. There are more solutions to sleep apnea and disorders than just medication or CPAP machines. He truly cares about healthy sleep and helping those who suffer. He works with children and adults. Highly recommend."- S.S. / Google / Jul 11, 2018
"Very professional, I received the very best quality care."- B.J. / Office Visit / May 31, 2018
What to Expect
During the treatment, the goal is to keep the airway open and unrestricted using air pressure. You will begin by placing a mask either over your entire mouth/nose area or solely over your nose. The machine will then pressurize air directly into your mouth or nose through the tube connected to the mask. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have one, high-pressure setting, while the APAP machine monitors you and adjusts the airway pressure based on your breathing needs throughout the night. APAPs tend to be much more comfortable, and we generally recommend the APAP for this reason, but treatment options are completely up to you depending on your lifestyle and desires.
We will provide you with all the options, and with the information provided, you will be able to choose the option best for yourself. Whatever you decide, we will help ensure your treatment is successful, including the need for any follow-up appointments or tests to monitor your progress and breathing levels. Typically, CPAP machines have an average lifespan of 7 – 8 years, but if you experience any issues with the machine, please contact our office immediately for a replacement. Overall, you should experience improved breathing, less snoring, and better health as a result.
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Your health and sleeping habits should not be taken lightly. Dr. Steven Todd highly encourages you to treat your sleep apnea and snoring issues today using some of the most effective, advanced technology in the industry. A CPAP or APAP machine can continuously produce the airflow that you need throughout the night in a comfortable, quiet way so you can have a worry-free night of rest. Don't hesitate to call our office and set up a consultation today to learn more.