If you have sleep apnea, you’re probably familiar with CPAP machines.
For some patients, this device brings them the peaceful sleep they’ve been craving. But for the other 50% of patients, CPAP machines are an annoyance. If you’re among the millions of people worldwide who find yourself reaching for the off switch in the middle of the night, your dentist may be able to help.
Are there other ways besides CPAP machines to manage my sleep apnea?
Not many people enjoy sleeping with a mask strapped to their face, even if it is for their own benefit. Over the years, dentists and researchers have developed a number of devices that can help keep your airway open without the inconvenience of CPAP machines.
These individually tailored devices appeal to more people for a number of reasons, but mainly because:
- They’re comfortable
- They only take a few days to get used to
- They’re small, making them easy to travel with
Not only are they more convenient than CPAP machines, they’re also FDA-approved, making them completely safe. The results from using them are so positive that they are now considered a truly effective alternative to CPAP machines for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, and even for those with severe cases who can’t tolerate the machine.
How can I get one of those devices?
There are dozens of styles of these oral devices, each with different advantages.
Your dentist will work with you to find the right fit based on the severity of your apnea, the size and shape of your jaw and tongue, and whether you grind your teeth or have a condition like TMJ. Once you’ve chosen the right device, your dentist will fit it precisely so it works effectively and gives you the comfort you’ve been searching for.
Getting fitted with one of these oral devices may be the best thing you can do for your health. They can help manage your sleep apnea so that you can start waking up refreshed and feeling energetic all day long.
Why is it so dangerous to ignore my sleep apnea?
Whether you choose the traditional CPAP machine or one of the new oral devices, it’s important to be proactive when it comes to managing your sleep apnea.
If left untreated, you will stop breathing hundreds of times a night and wake up gasping for air. This not only hinders your ability to feel energized throughout the day, it can also lead to a variety of life-threatening problems like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.
Don’t let your untreated sleep apnea make you miss out on doing the things you love to do. Dr. Andrea Stevens and her team are here to make sure that you get the rest you deserve.