For years, many patients thought that the only treatment that could alleviate their sleep apnea was CPAP therapy. While this approach helps many people, it doesn’t work for everyone, and it often leads to even more sleep problems.
A CPAP machine can be quite noisy, which doesn’t only disturb the person using it, but also anyone they might share a bed/room with. The mask that a patient is required to wear covers most of their face, causing some to feel constricted and even claustrophobic. It is also quite bulky, preventing many people from comfortably moving while they are trying to fall asleep. Plus, the machine needs to be cleaned and maintained frequently, adding another task to people’s already busy schedules.
Fortunately, there is now a viable alternative that can achieve all of the results of CPAP therapy with none of the discomfort and inconvenience: oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy uses a small, custom-made mouthguard to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea. It works by gently shifting the jaw forward and holding the tongue in place, thus preventing the soft tissues in the mouth and throat from obstructing the airway.
Dr. Brian Zulawinski customizes each and every oral appliance for his patients so that they are both comfortable and effective. They are made of strong, durable, and flexible materials, and a patient is able to drink and speak normally while wearing them. It’s a simple and easy to use solution for sleep apnea, and it’s also one of the primary treatments recommended by the experts in this field, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). Dr. Zulawinski himself is a member of the AADSM, meaning that he has spent years learning how to use oral appliances to help patients finally get a full night’s rest.
Compared to CPAP therapy, oral appliance therapy has a number of advantages:
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy may be the right treatment for you if:
Whether you are currently using a CPAP machine or still need to get sleep apnea treatment, oral appliance therapy could be the solution you’re looking for. Thanks to it, more and more people are finally able to effortlessly rest at night. If you are interested in trying oral appliance therapy or would like more information, please contact our office today.