Many people are unable to use a CPAP machine for the treatment of their sleep apnea. Whether it is because it is uncomfortable or it just doesn’t work for you, there might be another solution. When this is the case, your dentist might be just what you need! 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 your dentist works.
While popular, CPAP is not always the best solution
One of the main reasons for visiting your dentist if you suffer from sleep apnea is if your CPAP machine is causing more issues for you than it is good. While CPAP therapy is beneficial for a variety of reasons, it is not the best solution for everyone. Most people feel that compared to a CPAP machine, an oral appliance is very comfortable and easy to use. There are even social reasons that make oral appliances very appealing.
Experience increased mobility
One of the most exciting parts of oral appliance therapy is that it is extremely convenient and comfortable. Think about it. Do you really want to bring your CPAP machine with you on a road trip or flying somewhere new? I didn’t think so and we understand that completely. 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. However, remember that there is no one-size-fits-all scenario and oral appliances work well by themselves or in combination with other therapies.
Know when to seek treatment
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 say, “I wish someone told me about oral appliance therapy sooner.” We’re sorry that you didn’t know sooner, but now that you know, you can take steps toward improved treatment planning. Contact us at 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.