The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project estimates that as many as 25 million Americans struggle with obstructive sleep apnea. It's not a condition to take lightly because it can affect your performance, concentration and overall health over time. Doctors sometimes prescribe a CPAP device to patients who have sleep apnea, but some have complaints about this solution. Learn about CPAP intolerance and the alternative solution that patients can explore with a dentist.
What Are CPAP Devices?
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is a device made for patients who have sleep apnea. They wear these devices at night to relieve symptom and help them breathe better. CPAP devices look similar to the masks that dentists use when administering laughing gas sedation. It is worn over the mouth and nose to prevent airway restriction by pushing pressurized air into the throat. Though effective in many cases, these devices come with their share of disadvantages for certain patients.
Do You Have CPAP Intolerance?
Some patients who have sleep apnea have what is called CPAP intolerance. That simply means that the CPAP device is not comfortable for them even after prolonged use. It can be difficult getting used to having a mask over your mouth and straps over the head. Patients who are claustrophobic often have problems with CPAP therapy. Some complain that the machine is noisy and others don’t like that they’re not able to move around freely when sleeping. These sleep apnea patients need another alternative in order to sleep soundly.
An Alternative Solution Is Available at the Orthodontist's Office
Your orthodontist can create an appliance that is less cumbersome than a CPAP device. It is a mouth guard that keeps the jaw positioned in a way that allows for the free passage of air while you’re sleeping. The appliance is custom-made to fit your mouth so that you can rest comfortably at night. It also helps prevent grinding and clenching of the teeth at night.
Interested in CPAP Alternative Treatment? Call Ross Orthodontics today in Forest Lake, MN or Hudson, WI to schedule a consultation.