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Sep
19

Get a CPAP Alternative . . . at Your Dental Office?

Posted in Sleep Apnea

When was the last time you woke up feel well-rested? For many, chronic fatigue is a sign of sleep apnea.

Doctors often prescribe a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine for patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA happens when soft tissues around the neck and throat relax to the point that they block the airways.

The result? Loud snoring and periods of zero oxygen. This leads to noise that disturbs others and a condition that leaves you shortchanged on a good night’s rest. 

Another Option

While a CPAP effectively forces air through the throat, many patients find it bulky, inconvenient, and all around uncomfortable. The airflow can cause digestive problems and dry mouth. Many CPAP users want to have a less cumbersome alternative.

Would you?

Your dentist may actually be a great option for sleep apnea treatment. As an expert of structures in the mouth, a dentist can prescribe a small orthotic device for your jaw.

Such appliances generally work in two ways:

  • Securing tongue so that it doesn’t collapse into the throat
  • Stabilizing the jaw, even nudging it forward

OSA sufferers are often eager to try these alternatives because they are simple mouthpieces as opposed to a tube, machine, and headgear.

To get the right fit for a sleep apnea oral appliance, you’ll have to schedule a consultation with a dentist who offers it. It’s better to make sure that you’re getting a customized professional piece!

A full night’s rest could be just one dental appointment away. If you’re not happy with your CPAP machine, then it could be time to give one of the alternative methods a try.

Posted on behalf of:
Allen Dentistry
551 W McDermott Dr
Allen, TX 75013
(972)359-9950

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