At eos dental sleep, we offer CPAP alternatives to the CPAP mask using oral appliance therapy (OAT). 91 percent of sleep apnea patients treated with a dental appliance for sleep apnea were still using their appliances comfortably at the end of one year.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
At eos dental sleep in Philadelphia, oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a proven alternative CPAP treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and those patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are unable to tolerate CPAP machines.
While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is generally the first line of treatment for sleep apnea, many patients prefer an oral appliance as a CPAP alternative.
What is an Oral Appliance?
Our dental sleep oral appliance is a small plastic device that’s placed in the mouth and is worn similar to a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances, worn during the night, help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat allowing for adequate air intake by keeping the airway open.
Oral appliances can be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as CPAP therapy, weight management, or even surgery.
Who Is A Candidate For Oral Appliance Therapy?
- Patients with mild OSA who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change
- Patients who are non-compliant with CPAP, or refuse CPAP treatment
- Patients who are not candidates for tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations or tracheostomy
What are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy?
- Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear
- A non-invasive form of snoring and sleep apnea therapy
- Significantly improves sleep apnea symptoms including oxygen saturation and daytime sleepiness
- Oral appliances are small and convenient for travel
- Higher compliance rates than with CPAP
Is Sleeping With An Oral Appliance Uncomfortable?
It will take several nights of wearing the device before you grow accustomed to it. Over time, most patients tolerate their devices quite well and experience significant improvements in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
What are the Different Oral Appliance CPAP Alternatives?
Oral appliances can be classified by mode of action or design variation. Nearly all oral appliances fit into one of two categories:
- Tongue Retaining Device: Tongue retaining devices are custom made for each patient and hold the tongue in a forward position by means of suction. When the tongue is in a forward position, the tongue is less likely to collapse during sleep and obstruct the airway in the throat. This type of device is mostly used for patients with dentures or patients who cannot adequately advance their lower jaw.
- Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD): Mandibular advancement devices are custom made for each patient. They advance the tongue and soft tissues of the throat to open up the airway, while also repositioning the lower jaw to restore normal breathing during sleep.
Learn more about this CPAP Alternative on our blog:
- Hate the Mask? CPAP Alternative to Treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea in PA
- What are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy as a CPAP Alternative?
- What to Expect at Your Consultation for Oral Appliance Therapy
- How to Treat Snoring Without CPAP in Philadelphia
- Why Choose A Dental Device for Sleep Apnea?
- How Effective is a Mouthguard for Snoring and Sleep Apnea?
- The Difference Between An Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea Versus CPAP
- 5 Things to Consider When Looking to Stop Sleep Apnea Without CPAP
eos dental sleep is now a Medicare-approved provider for Oral Appliance Therapy!
After being diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, I tried both the c-pap and bi-pap machines with every mask available – with absolutely no success. And then my regular dentist referred me to Dr Levin…
He is phenomenal! I’ve been using the sleep apparatus with incredible success – my husband says I’ve actually stopped snoring!!!