Depending upon which clinic you use, you may or may not be told about the "oral appliance", as it's referred by the experts, or not. I was not. I was told I had two options. Surgery to "widen the throat", (YEESH, that even sounds painful!) or the force-air breathing machine (CPAP).
Not only did they never bring up the fact there was such a thing as simple, two-piece mouthpiece to wear to bed to treat the Apnea with which I'd been diagnosed, it was certainly not presented as an option. That is until the office of Dr. James Metz, of HEALTHY SLEEP MATTERS, right here on East Broad Street in Columbus ('Woodheads!') called. They invited me in to be fitted for one. I did, I tried it (off air) for three months, and not only am I sleeping more deeply than I have in years... but so is my WIFE! I'm hardly snoring at all anymore, and certainly not waking up in the night coughing and chocking. And one other benefit - I'm DREAMING again!
Dr. Metz is terrific... the device (called a T.A.P. short for Thornton Airway Positioner) is terrific, but his staff is terrific. I couldn't recommend him/them more highly!
W. Johnson - Columbus, OH
I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I no longer require the use of my CPAP machine! Yea! I only have to use my mouthpiece. The split sleep study did the trick. The 1st 2 hours were with the mouthpiece and then we put the mask on. I've also lost a total of 50 lbs and feel fantastic.
Thanks for all your help with the mouthpiece!
B. Holodnak - Columbus, OH
I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I was fitted for, and received the Metz Appliance to treat my sleep apnea. The follow up care has been excellent, and the appliance has been easy to use and trouble-free. I am extremely pleased with the product and the service provided by Dr. Metz and his staff.
J.A. Cowan - Delaware, OH
I have been nearly of going to the dentist my whole life. In the fifth grade, I had to have 10 teeth pulled to get braces. For three years, I had braces and I hated my orthodontist as he always was yelling at me it seemed. I went to Dr. Metz for the consultation and met his treatment coordinator, Trish and some others, they were all so wonderful and knowledgeable. I am now using the Metz Appliance successfully and sleeping through the night and waking up rested and not sleeping during the day or in the car on the way home. It is so easy! I can't believe it. I even decided to use Dr. Metz and his staff for my general dentist. They are so good and gentle. I no longer fear going to the dentist either!
I highly recommend Dr. Metz and his practice and the Metz Appliance solution.
L. Rush - Columbus, OH