For those that are diagnosed with sleep apnea, a CPAP machine is often the prescribed treatment of choice by most physicians. However, many people are not able to use this device for treatment of sleep apnea. This might be due to discomfort while wearing the CPAP mask. Fortunately, there is another treatment option for your sleep apnea–oral appliance therapy.
We’ve mentioned it before, but with the availability of oral appliance therapy, you can get the treatment you need without the uncomfortable mask of the CPAP machine. Here’s why oral appliance therapy from Dr. Mayoor Patel works:
Look beyond CPAP therapy
This is probably the main reason why you should visit your dentist. While the CPAP machine is beneficial for a variety of reasons, it still might not be the best solution for everyone. Most people feel that compared to CPAP, an oral appliance is very comfortable and easy to use. There are even social reasons that make oral appliances very appealing. However, before treatment can begin, it is important to understand who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy and who is not.
Increased Mobility with Oral Appliances
Oral appliance therapy is extremely convenient and comfortable. I mean, who really wants to try to bring their CPAP machine with them on the road? No one—and we understand that. Oral appliances come in handy when it comes to the need for mobility. Overall, these devices tend to be more economical and are generally a lot easier to tolerate and use. Still, there is no one-size-fits-all scenario and oral appliances work well by themselves in combination with other therapies.
Treatment is important
As soon as you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you should find out if you are a good candidate for an oral appliance. The best odds of success are for those who have mild to moderate sleep apnea—your sleep doctor can help you with understanding what type of sleep apnea you have. When you are referred to a sleep study, it is important to be educated about all of the available options. There is very little downside to a properly fitted and adjusted oral appliance.
All too often many patients have said that they wish someone had told them about oral appliance therapy sooner. Contact Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Georgia for more information on oral appliance therapy and how this treatment option is beneficial for your sleep apnea.