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By S & G Family Dentistry
May 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   cpap  

Find out other ways to treat your sleep apnea symptoms without CPAP therapy.sleep apnea

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, most people are offered CPAP therapy. In order for CPAP to be effective, you must wear a mask over your nose and mouth while you sleep. This allows the airways to remain open; however, this equipment can sometimes be a hassle. It may make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep because it’s too noisy or awkward. This is why our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, offer an easier and more convenient option.

What is oral appliance therapy?

Just like CPAP is designed to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep, this customized oral device is also supposed to provide the same benefit just in a different and more convenient way. This device is tailor-made for you and will fit over your teeth much like a regular nightguard. The only difference is that the device will either hold the tongue in place or move the jaws slightly forward to prevent the airways from collapsing or being obstructed. We will help you decide which kind of oral appliance treatment is right for you.

Who should consider oral appliance therapy?

While getting oral appliance therapy from our Leawood general dentist is fairly simple, it doesn’t mean that it’s ideal for everyone dealing with sleep apnea. It’s so important that if you believe you have sleep apnea that you get a proper diagnosis from a sleep specialist before you proceed. Sleep apnea should never be ignored, as it can increase your chances of certain long-term health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke.

Those who are dealing with more mild-to-moderate forms of sleep apnea will most often benefit from oral appliance therapy alone, while this device can also be used in conjunction with your CPAP equipment to provide a more effective treatment.

What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?

As you may be able to imagine, not having to wear a bulky facemask over your face as you sleep is one of the major benefits of getting this sleep apnea device. Just being able to pop in a simple oral appliance makes it so much more convenient. Also, this device is extremely portable, which is awesome for someone who is often on the go or traveling. Only having to cart a small appliance around rather than large equipment is far easier to handle.

If you want to find out if oral appliance therapy will direct you on the path to better sleep, then call Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, today to learn more.