Treating Sleep Problems Without CPAP
It is no wonder that many people stop using their CPAP machine – they can be uncomfortable, difficult to sleep in, hard to clean, and a huge hassle to travel with. The good news is that if you have sleep apnea, you can be treated without CPAP, with oral appliance therapy from eos dental sleep!
What is oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliances resemble mouthguards that athletes wear. You wear it while you sleep, and it fits easily over your teeth – after a few nights you won’t even realize you are wearing it. It works by repositioning your tongue and jaw, which opens up the airway, which makes it easier to breathe.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
A recent study has found that over 80% of patients preferred oral appliance therapy compared with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines, and it is easy to see why. Oral appliances are very effective, but they are much more comfortable, easy to use, and easy to take care of. Traveling with a small piece of plastic compared with a bulky CPAP machine is another benefit.
Getting an oral appliance is also an easy process. You and your doctor will meet and discuss your sleep problems and your concerns, and you will also go over your treatment options. If you decide that an oral appliance is right for you, your doctor will check your teeth, airway, and jaws to make sure that the correct type of appliance is chosen for you. There are dozens of different oral appliances that have been approved by the FDA.
It may take some time to get used to an oral appliance, but it is worth it. Soon you’ll start to sleep better and feel better during the day, too.
You may think that the only option for dealing with sleep apnea is a bulky and uncomfortable CPAP machine, but that’s simply not true! If you’ve tried CPAP but didn’t like it, or if you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are hesitant to even try CPAP, oral appliance therapy may be the answer. Contact eos dental sleep in Philadelphia for an appointment today, at (215) 241-0700.