Sleep Apnea Treatment: Oral Appliance or CPAP?

Posted on: June 8, 2016


At United Family Dental Group, we treat many patients suffering from exhaustion or feeling as though they simply cannot keep up with their daily activities. Very often, this is caused by a condition known as sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that impacts millions of people, and it can be incredibly dangerous. With this condition, your body does not receive the appropriate level of oxygen in order to function at optimal levels. As a result, it is common for those with sleep apnea to suffer additional health problems along with being too tired to stay awake while performing mundane tasks, including diving. This makes it important to visit our 91331 office if you feel that you are not getting enough rest no matter how long you sleep. Additional signs that you could have sleep apnea include no longer being able to stay awake past dinner or your spouse telling you that you are loudly snoring or choking in your sleep. In this case, call (818) 473-1142 and schedule an appointment with our Arleta, CA dental office. While here, we will examine you, discuss your symptoms, and determine whether or not you should be tested for sleep apnea.

There are two main ways to treat obstructive sleep apnea. They include using an oral appliance as provided by our dentist office or a continuous positive airway pressure machine, also known as a CPAP machine. Here is what you should know about the two options:

CPAP Machines

Traditionally, the CPAP machine has been prescribed in order to treat sleep apnea. It is incredibly effective because it ensures that you are receiving a constant flow of oxygen while sleeping. It is constantly taking measurements and adjusting accordingly. As a result, if you use a CPAP machine, you should wake up feeling more rested and energized. The challenge with a CPAP machine is not in how effective it is, but in how inconvenient it can be to use. This is an actual machine that you plug into the wall, so it will make noise at night, which can be disturbing both to you and to your partner. Additionally, in order to use a CPAP machine, you will need to have a mask secured to your face while sleeping. This can come in several forms, but many people find them to be uncomfortable and intrusive. Just like it is difficult for people to sleep at a hospital, it is difficult for people to sleep while having a machine attached to their face. For this reason, among others, many people stop using the CPAP machine within only weeks of trying it.

Oral Appliance

At United Family Dental Group, we recommend that you use a removable oral appliance in order to treat your obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike a CPAP machine that is known for being loud and uncomfortable, an oral appliance is small and discreet. It fits inside your mouth, similar to how a full retainer would. This makes it possible to go to sleep with an oral appliance in your mouth and not disturb either yourself or your partner. Additionally, the oral appliance works by holding your lower jaw in a forward position. This means your tongue will be unable to fall backward and block your airways, as is common with obstructive sleep apnea. While simple and small, an oral appliance is incredibly effective, and many of our 91331 patients who have stopped using CPAP machines have appreciated how much easier it is to treat their sleep apnea with this convenient device.

Treat Your Sleep Apnea in Arleta

If you are suffering from being in a constant state of exhaustion, have health problems, and feel as though no matter how much sleep you get, you have never gotten enough, you could have obstructive sleep apnea and be a good candidate for treatment. To find out if this is the case, call (818) 473-1142 and schedule an appointment with our Arleta, CA dental office. At United Family Dental Group, we will work with you to determine the cause of your sleep apnea and whether or not an oral appliance will be effective at treating your condition. In most cases it will, and your life will improve as a result of you having increased energy and health.

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