Treating Snoring & Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP
You’ve probably heard that CPAP is the “gold standard” for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a machine with a blower motor, corrugated tubing, and a mask for the face or tubes for the nose. But there is a CPAP alternative for many who have OSA!
An effective treatment option for OSA is a custom made oral device. It’s a “mouth guard” like oral device and is used for treating OSA. It is worn only while sleeping or napping to keep the airway open by advancing the lower jaw forward.
These mandibular advancement devices (MADs) were developed by dentists and a lot of research is showing that these MADs are an effective alternative to CPAP for treating many with OSA. The research shows people are more apt to use MADs that CPAP.
Sleeping using a CPAP machine can be hard. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine states that up to 50% of OSA patients do not comply with or cannot tolerate CPAP. Oral appliance therapy with a MAD may be able to help OSA patients stop using the “mask”.
An oral device is very easy to maintain—just a toothbrush and cold water to remove the biofilm. But a CPAP needs special cleaning which takes a lot of time and may not effectively remove the biofilm from the mask, the corrugated tubing, and the water reservoir. Ease in traveling and camping are a plus.
Also, the cost of these oral devices is often partially covered by your medical insurance plan as well as MEDICARE.
Remember, snoring/OSA are treatable. Make an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your questions and see the treatment options that are available as well as how you can find out if your snoring is an indication that you have OSA. Call our office at 208-667-4551.