A common method of sleep apnea treatment involves a CPAP machine. If you've ever used this machine, you know how loud and cumbersome it is. Patients have difficulty adjusting to sleeping with the CPAP mask over their face, sleeping with the noise of the respirator, and traveling with the bulky equipment. Patients who have used the CPAP and discontinued treatment are said to be CPAP intolerant.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to CPAP. Instead of a noisy respirator and a facial mask, the patient simply wears an appliance - which resembles an athletic mouthguard - during sleep. But how can an oral appliance treat sleep apnea?
CPAP intolerant patients have found relief from snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. The appliance is thin, flexible, and portable, offering relief that's comfortable and effective. Oral appliances work by repositioning the jaw or tongue forward, which opens airways and allow the wearer to breathe easy while sleeping. Similar to a mouthguard or orthodontic retainer, oral appliances are custom-made for each patient for a snug fit that offers maximum tolerance. Not only are they easy to use and clean, they slip into a compact, protective case making travel simple.
Though most sleep apnea patients adjust well to oral appliance therapy, some may experience slight side effects when they first begin wearing an oral appliance. Minor and temporary, these may include a tense or clicking jaw, sore teeth and gums, increased salivation or dry mouth, feeling as though your bite is slightly off after removing in the morning. After a few uses, these symptoms most often disappear.
If you're tired of your CPAP and would like a convenient alternative, contact Dr. Greenbaum for a free consultation. Oral appliance therapy can restore silent, refreshing sleep and greatly improve your day-to-day quality of life.
Call today for your complimentary consultation with Bethesda’s leading sleep apnea dentist, Dr. Bernard Greenbaum. You don’t have to live with chronic snoring – there’s a simple solution, and we can help! Our office is conveniently located in Bethesda, just minutes from Rockville, Potomac, and Chevy Chase. Serving communities in and around Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.