If you have obstructive sleep apnea and have tried to get it treated previously, you’re probably aware of the CPAP machine. Wearing this machine can effectively eliminate your sleep apnea, however it isn’t so easy to wear for everyone. Some people are put off by how it forces air into the mouth and after enough time, they stop using it altogether. If you’re looking for a CPAP machine alternative in Arlington Heights, your dentist has the answer.
There are many oral appliances worth considering before throwing the CPAP machine in the closet or scheduling a surgery. Many of these appliances are very effective, especially if used in tandem with the CPAP machine.
The SomnoDent Oral Appliance
This appliance is a custom-made mouthguard designed to be comfortable and effective at treating sleep apnea. By wearing it while sleeping, you should see an immediate improvement in your sleep quality. In fact, 91 percent of patients reported an improvement when consistently using SomnoDent.
In over 15 independent studies by multiple research organizations, SomnoDent devices were found to be very effective at treating mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Not only does the SomnoDent oral appliance wearable while eating and drinking, it can also be used in tandem with a CPAP machine for combined therapy, which we’ll discuss more in a bit.
The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and Tongue Retaining Device (TRD)
The MAD oral appliance works by altering the position of your lower jaw, known as the mandible. After being fitted to the maxillary and mandibular dentition, the appliance is worn at night just like any other sleep apnea device. To treat your symptoms, it pushes the lower jaw forward and repositions the tongue, keeping the airway open and prevent the snoring and other apnea events.
The TRD, however, only repositions the tongue by securing it with negative pressure, pushing it into an anterior position. This bulb directly contacts the base of the tongue, effectively removing any chance of obstruction during sleep.
While a CPAP machine alternative in Arlington Heights would be the most ideal, sometimes its necessary to provide effective results. However, using a CPAP machine can be made easier when used in tandem with an oral appliance.
The Benefits of Combined Therapy
While oral appliances are effective at treating mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, some people may have more serious cases that require a CPAP machine to prevent symptoms. However, this doesn’t disqualify them for using an oral appliance at all. That’s where combined therapy comes in.
By using an oral appliance with a CPAP machine, patients can lower the setting of their CPAP that pushes air into their airway. This lessens the discomfort often reported by CPAP users. It also reduces the noise the machine makes and allows patients to wear a smaller nasal mask rather than a face mask, which often makes patients feel claustrophobic.
You don’t have to settle for a CPAP in Arlington Heights or surgery just yet. Schedule an appointment with your dentist today to learn how to make your sleep apnea treatment more comfortable!
About the Author
Dr. Brian Zulawinski earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has spent hundreds of hours of continuing education, mainly focusing on sleep apnea treatment. He’s also a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. To learn more about his oral appliances for sleep apnea and practice, contact him at (847) 253-7477 or visit his website.