According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults in the US don’t get enough sleep, leading to several chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, depression, & more.
The importance of sleep is right up there with the staples of being healthy such as proper eating habits, regular exercise, and paying attention to your mental health. While there is an innumerable number of root causes contributing to poor sleep, today we’ll dive into a solution to one of the most prevalent, mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Historically, treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea have been intrusive, expensive, and cumbersome. CPAP & VPAP machines are not only costly, but also require users to wear a face mask throughout the night, are very loud, hard to clean, and can result in a variety of unexpected annoying side effects. Conversely, OSA surgeries are also expensive and may not produce the result a patient is looking for.
So, what else can be done to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Many patients are turning to a small oral appliance alternative and reporting great results. These sleep apnea mouthguards are custom made by dentists using an individualized impression kit, to form the appliance to the specific shape of each patient’s mouth. Providing a personalized &, more importantly, comfortable solution to combat OSA.
These mouthpieces combine cutting edge research and technology with age-old “know-how” to work simply to prevent the symptoms of OSA. Commonly referred to as mandibular advancement devices, sleep apnea mouthguards pull the jaw forward, and set the tongue in place, effectively increasing the size of the airway, resulting in better airflow and a reduction in sleep apnea symptoms.
Benefits of Using An Oral Appliance for OSA
Although this approach is more commonly used for mild to moderate sleep apnea, patients have quickly seen the benefits of using these oral devices over traditional OSA treatments. Not only are these oral devices cheaper than typical CPAP & VPAP devices at the initial purchase, but they are cheaper for upkeep, cleaning, and maintenance as well.
On top of that, they are much easier to use, comfortable to wear, and very effective in their results. With an oral appliance for sleep apnea, a patient can discretely use the device without the monstrosity of a traditional CPAP machine covering their face. No more tubes, masks, wires, and machine noises while you sleep. Just an unobtrusive mouthguard, fitted specifically to your mouth to produce results.
- Lower Initial Cost
- Less Upkeep & Cleaning
- A More Customized Fit
- More Comfort at Night
- Discretion in Treating OSA
- Great Results
How Effective Are Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces?
While CPAP and VPAP machines are still the gold standard for severe sleep apnea, oral sleep appliances are becoming more and more popular amongst those suffering from mild to moderate OSA. Part of the problem for many sleep apnea patients is their lack of consistency while wearing a CPAP or VPAP device. With a sleep apnea mouthpiece, patients report much higher usage rates, and subsequently much better results.
Additionally, these oral devices can be used hand in hand with other methods such as weight loss, quitting smoking, and more. For many, they are the only alternative to the unbearable CPAP machine, which in and of itself makes them very effective.
Remember, it’s important to consult with your doctor to find out which method may be best for you. They may request a sleep study before, during, or after you have received your oral appliance to help discern the effectiveness of the device.
When properly used, oral sleep devices to treat sleep apnea can be extremely effective and life-changing. Many patients quickly experience better REM sleep, wake up less during the nights, and report large increases in their overall wellbeing.
For more information on oral appliances to treat sleep apnea or pricing, please check out the information on our oral sleep apnea mouthpiece page.
For any additional questions or to schedule an appliance fitting, contact us today!