A common method of sleep apnea treatment involves a CPAP machine, but these machines can be loud and cumbersome. Some patients have difficulty adjusting to sleeping with the CPAP mask over their face, sleeping through the noise of the respirator, or traveling with the bulky equipment. Patients who have used the CPAP and discontinued treatment are said to suffer from CPAP intolerance.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative that can bring relief to the CPAP intolerant. Instead of a noisy respirator and a facial mask, the patient simply wears an appliance – which resembles an athletic mouth guard – during sleep. If any of the following applies to you, an oral appliance may be your solution:
- You’ve been diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea
- You’ve undergone surgery, but found no relief
- You cannot tolerate a CPAP device
- Your sleep partner tells you that you snore loudly every night
- You’re a frequent traveler and need a more portable option
How does oral appliance therapy work?
The appliance is thin, flexible, and portable, offering relief that’s comfortable and effective while providing relief from snoring and sleep apnea. Oral appliances work by repositioning the jaw or tongue forward, opening the airway and allowing the wearer to breathe easily while sleeping. Oral appliances are custom-made for each patient. They are easy to use and clean, and their compact size allows them slip into a compact, protective for simple travel.