Why Are More People Avoiding CPAP for Sleep Solutions?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world. For a long time, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy has been considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnea.
However, many people are now seeking CPAP alternatives for various reasons. EOS Dental Sleep can explain why more people are avoiding CPAP and opting for oral appliance therapy as a trustworthy solution for sleep apnea.
Downsides of CPAP Therapy
While CPAP therapy is often effective in treating sleep apnea, it also comes with downsides that lead some patients to seek other solutions.
Some of the common reasons why people avoid CPAP include:
- Discomfort: Many individuals find wearing a CPAP mask uncomfortable, which makes it challenging to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
- Mask Leakage: CPAP masks may not fit perfectly, leading to air leakage, noise, and disruptions during sleep.
- Restrictive: CPAP machines can be bulky and limit movement during sleep, making it difficult for some people to find a comfortable sleeping position.
- Dry Mouth and Nose: The continuous airflow from the CPAP machine can cause dryness in the mouth and nose, leading to irritation and discomfort.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) as a CPAP Alternative
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is emerging as a popular CPAP alternative for treating sleep apnea. OAT uses a custom-fitted oral appliance (similar to a mouthguard or retainer) to keep the airway open during sleep.
Benefits of OAT include:
- Comfort: Oral appliances are comfortable to wear and do not restrict movement during sleep, promoting a restful night's sleep.
- Non-Invasive: Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances are non-invasive and do not require masks or tubing.
- High Compliance: Studies have shown that patients using oral appliances have higher compliance rates compared to CPAP, as they find it more comfortable and easier to use.
Who Is a Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is a suitable option for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea or those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.
Some candidates for OAT include:
- Patients who do not respond to behavioral measures for sleep apnea, such as weight loss or sleep position change.
- Those who are non-compliant with CPAP or refuse CPAP treatment.
- Individuals who are not suitable candidates for surgical interventions.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you or a loved one is seeking a CPAP alternative for sleep apnea, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Marc Levin, D.M.D., at EOS Dental Sleep in Philadelphia.
As specialists in oral appliance therapy, they can provide personalized treatment options that improve your sleep quality. Call (215) 241-0700 today to take the first step toward a restful night of sleep.