Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Few people are fond of the noisy, elephant-like CPAP machine – a clunky tool used for sleep apnea treatment. Fortunately, there is an effective alternative to the CPAP machine, simply called an oral appliance. If you live in the Indianapolis or Carmel area, you can treat sleep apnea without the CPAP machine by visiting Newman Family Dentistry. This article discusses the benefits of using oral appliance therapy as an alternative to CPAP treatment.

Sleep apnea poses potentially deadly risks, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Fortunately, sleep apnea is a treatable condition. However, when patients treat sleep apnea with a CPAP machine (a continuous positive airway pressure machine), they run into a myriad of other problems:

  • It doesn’t let them move around comfortably, making it difficult to fall asleep, and making it more likely to awake with aches and pains.
  • It can be noisy, which is bothersome to the patient and their sleep partner.
  • When traveling, the CPAP machine can be a nightmare. It’s bulky and can be fragile, so it must be painstakingly transported with care.
  • The straps and facial seal of the CPAP machine are ugly, uncomfortable, and cause pimple breakouts, rashes and dryness.

Because of problems like these, sleep apnea patients often remove their CPAP masks after only a few hours into the night, and many patients discontinue CPAP treatment altogether. These patients remain at risk for high blood pressure and heart attack, but still have to pay the bill from using a CPAP machine.

Compared to CPAP treatment, oral appliance therapy is comfortable, easy and effective. Like the CPAP machine, it doesn’t require surgery, and it treats sleep apnea. However, it has many more benefits, including:

  • Comfort. Instead of covering half the face and restricting head movement with a hose, oral appliances are easily worn in the mouth. Patients adjust to oral appliances much more easily and quickly.
  • Easy transport. Oral appliances are about the size of a mouth guard. They easily fit in a small case that could be carried in a backpack or pocket.
  • High success rate. Oral appliance patients don’t have to tolerate air being pushed down their throat, and they don’t wake up with a dry, stuffy nose and a rash around their mouth. Since all these issues are avoided, it’s much easier to have success with oral appliance therapy.

If you’re looking for sleep apnea treatment using oral appliance therapy in the Indianapolis or Carmel areas, there is a solution! Contact us at Newman Family Dentistry today for a consultation.

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