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Taking Control of Sleep Apnea: A Veteran's Success with Oral Appliance Therapy

Updated: May 18, 2023

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Sleep apnea, a prevalent and serious health condition, often casts a long shadow over the lives of many veterans. The most common treatment, a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, can feel cumbersome and disruptive to peaceful sleep. But there's another option that's gaining traction due to its effectiveness and comfort: oral appliance therapy.

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Understanding Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy involves a custom-fitted device that veterans wear during sleep. This device keeps the jaw forward, opening up the airway and preventing sleep apnea episodes. Compared to CPAP machines, oral appliances are compact, portable, and require no electricity, making them a much more convenient choice for many veterans.

A Veteran's Journey with Oral Appliance Therapy

Consider the case of John, a veteran who had been struggling with his CPAP machine for years. Despite his best efforts, he found it inconvenient and uncomfortable. He came to our office in search of an alternative, and we introduced him to oral appliance therapy.

John was fitted with a custom appliance, and after a few nights of adjustment, he reported a significant improvement in his sleep quality. The device was comfortable, easy to use, and didn't disrupt his sleep like the CPAP machine did. John's experience echoes the stories of many veterans who have found relief with oral appliance therapy.

VA Recognition and Increased Benefits for Veterans

Another key advantage of oral appliance therapy lies in its recognition by the VA as a breathing assistance device, listed under diagnostic code 6847 in 38 CFR 4.97. This means that not only can oral appliances effectively alleviate sleep apnea symptoms, they can also enhance a veteran's disability rating by up to 50%.

Thanks to the Mission Act and PACT Act, veterans now have more options for healthcare, including community service providers like us. We're committed to offering oral appliance therapy, a solution tailored to the unique needs of veterans and covered by VA benefits.

The Wider Impact of Treating Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea goes beyond disturbed sleep. It's linked with a host of health complications, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and daytime fatigue. By addressing sleep apnea with an effective treatment like oral appliance therapy, veterans are investing in their overall health and well-being.

Explore Oral Appliance Therapy Today

If you've been prescribed a CPAP machine but find it difficult to use, or if you're seeking a more comfortable and effective sleep apnea treatment, consider oral appliance therapy. Reach out to your Veterans Service Officer, or contact our office directly, to schedule a consultation.

Don't let sleep apnea control your life. As a veteran, you deserve quality care. Take the first step towards better sleep and better health today.



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