Benefits of Treating Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance Instead of a CPAP Machine
If you go to a physician with obstructive sleep apnea questions, they will often reply with the benefits of a CPAP machine. We agree, forced air while you sleep will help, but there could be an easier solution. At All Smiles Sleep Solutions, we work to discover why the patient is experiencing a cessation of breathing and then offer solutions that are right for them.
A CPAP machine is kind of a one-size-fits-all in obstructive sleep apnea treatment. It will help you get the oxygen you need through forced air. The downside of a CPAP machine is that it's loud, cumbersome, and difficult to travel with. Many patients find them to be irritating, and that can lead to them being used rarely or for a short term. We want to help you find a solution that fits better with your lifestyle with increased comfort and easier use.
There are oral appliances designed to increase your airway and help you breathe better while you sleep. They can be as simple as wearing a custom oral device, without all the bulky machinery.
Though they can vary in product names, types of material, and styles, most oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea can be categorized as:
Oral Appliance Advantages
The advantages of wearing an oral appliance while you sleep to help you breathe better are abundant, for both your health and your comfort. This includes:
We invite you to learn more about the options available for oral appliances to help with obstructive sleep apnea. We can help you avoid the bulky machinery of CPAP while getting the night’s rest you need. For more information, contact our Land O’Lakes office at 813-723-4224