Is an Oral Device a Good CPAP Alternative?
Many people avoid getting a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and others fail to follow through with a treatment plan because they fear using a CPAP device. There are a lot of myths surrounding CPAP devices, but the biggest one of all being that they are the only way to treat OSA. There is an alternative.
Oral devices are an excellent treatment plan for most sleep apnea cases. In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine advocates for oral appliance therapy as the first-line defense against sleep apnea.
Oral Devices are Over 90% Effective in Treating Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea
Oral devices are fairly comfortable to wear at night which will make it much easier for you to follow through a full treatment plan. They are worn at night and adjust the alignment of the jaw to make it difficult for the soft palette to collapse. They are custom fit for you so the device will be perfect for your exact needs.
Oral Devices Can Treat Most Cases of Sleep Apnea
In almost all cases of mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral devices are the first line of treatment. If you suspect you might have sleep apnea, it’s best to test and treat before it becomes severe obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases, you may be able to use the oral device in conjunction with the CPAP machine to see results. Oral devices have been used with other treatments for severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea when necessary.
Oral Devices are Discrete and Energy Efficient Treatments
When the mouth is closed, the oral device is not visible to any bed partners. The CPAP is often considered too invasive, so an oral device is a suitable replacement treatment. It also does not need to be plugged in when in use like a CPAP machine. This means there are no cords to get tangled in and you can save on your energy bill when you have an oral device as a part of your OSA treatment plan.
Traveling is Simple with an Oral Device
One added benefit of an oral device is how compact and portable it is by nature. It takes up minimal space on your bedside table or in a suitcase when you’re traveling. If you travel frequently, an oral device is an excellent treatment for sleep apnea that fits your lifestyle.
If you want to learn more about treating sleep apnea through oral devices, contact us today. We will walk you through our process to get you on the path to better sleep.
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