There are two common ways to treat sleep apnea: an oral appliance or a CPAP machine. At Contemporary Dentistry & Implantology many of our patients find relief with an appliance. We often recommend it because of the many advantages of a sleep apnea appliance:
- Safe – While a CPAP should be safe, there are possible exceptions. Philips recently issued a product recall for some of their CPAP devices. The FDA issued guidance for users of the affected devices, suggesting they consult with their health care provider. The FDA mentions several possible alternative treatments, “including positional therapy or oral appliances, which fit like a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer.”
- Comfortable – A CPAP keeps your airway open by sending a stream of air into your throat. You may experience a dry mouth and/or throat because of this. An appliance simply shifts your jaw into a position that keeps the airway clear. So you won’t suffer from dry mouth.
- Portable – An appliance typically fits into your hand, much like a sports mouthguard. So you can easily take it with you wherever you go by slipping it into a pocket or purse.
- Discreet – You and your bed partner will likely both find it easier to adjust to an appliance vs. a CPAP. Without a mask or tubing, it won’t get in the way. Plus, an appliance doesn’t make any noise.
- Hassle Free – You never need batteries, electricity, or distilled water to use an appliance. You can pop it in and use it anywhere you sleep, even on an airplane or in a tent.
Suspect you may have sleep apnea? Call 978-278-1760 to visit the Peabody, MA office of Contemporary Dentistry & Implantology and see whether you’d benefit from a sleep apnea appliance.