A Reliable Alternative to CPAP Therapy
Today, the most commonly prescribed treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is CPAP therapy, in which a patient wears a device to bed that literally pumps oxygen into their body throughout the night to prevent the airway from becoming cut off. For many patients, this is exactly what they need, but for some, their CPAP causes way more problems than it solves. This is actually quite common, and in fact, about 50% of people prescribed to use a CPAP stop within the first year because the machine is so uncomfortable. Fortunately for people in this situation, there is a safe, effective, and comfortable alternative, and it can be found at a place they likely won’t expect…their dentist’s office!
Why Choose Creekview Family Dentistry for CPAP Alternatives?
- Sleep Appliances Custom-Made for Every Patient
- Oral Appliances Proven to Help Patients Who are CPAP Intolerant
- Can Stop Even Severe Snoring
The Drawbacks of CPAP Therapy
While CPAP therapy has been proven effective at treating OSA in many studies, we tend to hear the same complaints about it over and over from patients. Firstly, the machine is quite loud because it relies on an air pump. This cannot only make it difficult for the user to fall asleep, but their bed partner as well. Many patients also don’t like the mask, and it causes some to even experience claustrophobia. The bulkiness of the machine makes it difficult to freely move in bed as well. Or, in some cases, CPAP therapy doesn’t actually stop someone’s OSA symptoms (which is called “CPAP intolerance”).
In the past, the only other treatment option was corrective surgery, but dentists like those at Creekview Family Dentistry can now provide another answer for those suffering from sleep apnea.
The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
With oral appliance therapy, all a patient has to do is wear a small, custom-made mouthguard to bed each night. We specially-design every mouthguard for each patient so that it fits comfortably, and it works by slightly shifting the lower jaw forward. This prevents the airway from closing during sleep, enabling a patient to get the deep, uninterrupted rest they need.
Pretty much all of the drawbacks of CPAP therapy are instantly solved by wearing an oral appliance. Our devices are quiet, easy to use, and allow a patient to move freely while in bed. As an added bonus, oral appliances are much, much simpler to travel with compared to a CPAP machine, meaning people who are frequently on the road can easily take their treatment wherever they go.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Right For You?
If you’re currently using a CPAP machine and are unhappy with it (or you know a loved one who is), then oral appliance therapy might be exactly what you need. To learn more about this treatment and what it could do for you, give us a call to schedule a consultation. We can provide screenings and work with sleep doctors to make sure our patients are able to sleep peacefully night after night.
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