The most common treatment for sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This treatment uses a machine that provides pressurized air through a mask to maintain an open airway.
You may be one of 750,000 prescribed a CPAP each year. Unfortunately, many patients are unable to wear their CPAP because of discomfort. While a CPAP is 100% successful in treatment of sleep apnea, its effectiveness will be absolutely zero if it is not worn. Some people take their mask off in their sleep without remembering that they did so.
Common complaints about using CPAP as a treatment for sleep apnea include:
- Dry mouth and throat
- A “breathless feeling” when the pressurized air is not calibrated incorrectly
- Increased dreaming and nightmares
- Nasal congestion
- Abdominal bloating
- Irritation to skin under the mask
You may have given up on your CPAP treatment due to some or all of the above issues. But that doesn’t mean your sleep apnea is gone. You are probably still experiencing many of the unpleasant health conditions that come along with sleep apnea, such as extreme fatigue, loud snoring at night, headaches, high blood pressure, and driving accidents.
If you are looking for an alternative treatment option, a sleep appliance is a great option. This custom made mouthpiece fits over your teeth and gently realigns your tongue and jaw to ensure an open airway while allowing normal airflow to your lungs while you sleep. It is easier to use and store in your home and is more comfortable to wear.
Our oral appliances are custom designed by a licensed dentist who has advanced training in dental sleep medicine. We will specially fit your appliance to ensure maximum effectiveness.
Speak to us if you have difficulty wearing your CPAP and would like to learn more about alternative sleep apnea treatments.