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Jan
30

Let Your Dentist Help You Kick CPAP to the Curb!

Posted in Sleep Apnea

If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you understand that snoring is more than just an annoying habit – it’s a sleep wrecker.

“CPAP” is an acronym for “continuous positive airway pressure.” It’s a system used to treat OSA by forcing air into the airways to keep them from collapsing in on themselves.

Unfortunately, about half of all individuals dependent on CPAP find it almost impossible to use. Not only is the machine bulky, but simply wearing it can ruin your sleep as badly as the snoring.

Have you felt similarly about your CPAP machine?

Consider talking with your dentist about your problem. You might be surprised at what you learn.

In fact, some dentist specialize in offering alternative methods for treating sleep apnea. One of these includes “OAT” – oral appliance therapy.

What is OAT?

An oral appliance is a customized device that works by keeping your jaw propped in a position that maintains an open airway at the back of your mouth. Different mouthpieces can either stabilize your jaw or move the position of your tongue.

It’s a little trial-and-error at first to find the one that suits your unique anatomy. Many patients feel it’s worth this effort because they prefer a retainer tray over the CPAP machine, any day.

The best part is that you’ve got 50 different FDA-approved devices to choose from.

Is an Oral Appliance Right for You?

Like CPAP, OAT is not for everyone. Other options include visiting an oral surgeon who can evaluate the cause of your snoring and recommend surgical and non-invasive treatments. Your dentist can give you the best recommendations.

Get started today by calling your dentist for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Dental Sleep Disorders
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee GA 30024

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