What is the Best Oral Device for Sleep Apnea?
Oral Devices Versus CPAP Machines
When people think of treating sleep apnea, they think CPAP machines. However, many people dislike CPAP machines and they avoid treating their sleep apnea because of this. CPAP machines are large, loud, bulky, and uncomfortable. Only 34.1% of people prescribed a CPAP machine actually follow through with their treatment plan.
Fortunately, there is another option! Oral devices are small and comfortable. They don’t make any noise or require any electricity to power. Oral devices are discrete and won’t disturb you or your partner while you sleep. Even better – people who are prescribed oral devices are twice as likely to stay on their treatment plan compared to people who are prescribed CPAP machines.
Different Types of Oral Devices
Most oral devices to treat sleep apnea fall into one of the following three categories.
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) – These devices look like a mouth guard you would use for sports, but they are specially made for you and your jaw. They have mechanics and springs inside to reposition your jaw to keep your airways open. This device is worn while you sleep and is the most common oral device used.
Tongue Retaining Devices – Tongue retaining devices are less common than jaw/mandibular repositioning devices. These devices work to restrain the tongue so it cannot collapse into the back of the throat and block the airway. This device is also worn at night.
Hybrid Devices – Some devices use a combination of the MAD technology and the TRD technology to give you the best chance at treating sleep apnea.
The Honest Truth
The best oral device is the one that will best treat your sleep apnea and the one you will commit to. Only 34.1% of users who are prescribed a CPAP machine actually follow through with their treatment plan. The oral device is only as good as your commitment to it! You and your doctor should work together to figure out which device will work best for you and your lifestyle.
Are you ready to start living a fuller life free from sleep apnea? The first step is taking our sleep apnea screener. Contact us today to learn more about all of the options available to you when it comes to treating sleep apnea.
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