Say So Long To CPAP With An Oral Appliance For Sleep Apnea Treatment
Do you struggle with sleep apnea, but you don’t do well with a traditional CPAP? The good news is that you have other options.
The quality of your sleep has a significant impact on your health, your concentration, and your overall success. When you snore or struggle with obstructed breathing, your sleep is disrupted, and it can be hard to focus the next day.
How can a dentist help?
Dentists can create an oral appliance that can help treat snoring and sleep obstruction. Your doctor and dentist will work together to determine the appropriate therapy. An oral appliance is quiet, comfortable, and easy to take with you wherever you go.
The device your dentist is creating will be specially designed and molded for your mouth. It fits like an orthodontic retainer and helps hold your jaw in a forward position so that your airway stays open. You only wear it during sleep, so there’s no change during the day.
For some patients with severe sleep apnea, if you need high pressure from a CPAP to manage your breathing, using a dental device along with your CPAP can allow you to use a lower pressure, making the treatment more comfortable.
Benefits of oral appliance therapy
There are a variety of benefits to using an oral appliance for sleep apnea. The custom-made device fits your mouth perfectly and is designed for your specific sleep problems. The appliances are often covered by medical insurance.
If you travel often, a dental device can be a great backup if you can’t take a machine with you or you don’t have power where you’re going, such as camping.
If you’re interested in an evaluation for a dental device to treat snoring or apnea, we’re here to help. At Grand Ledge Smiles, our dentists have the training and experience to help with your needs. Contact us today!