Millions of Americans struggle with the daily exhaustion that is a hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea. If you are among them, you might be thinking about using a CPAP machine to find relief. But did you know that effective alternatives are available? Here are six reasons to consider oral appliance therapy instead of CPAP:
Comfort and Ease of Use
An oral appliance is a small, mouthguard-like device that is custom-made for each patient. Many people find it to be much more comfortable and easier to use than a CPAP machine. No masks, hoses, tubing, or other complex and cumbersome devices are necessary. The simple construction of an oral appliance also makes it easier to clean than a CPAP.
Traveling with a CPAP machine can be incredibly inconvenient, especially if you are getting on an airplane. An oral appliance is easy to slip into your carry-on luggage, and it can go with you anywhere in the world!
Fewer Side Effects
CPAP therapy has been known to cause some unpleasant side effects. For example, it can cause a dry mouth and dry lips, as well as skin irritation. Some people experience feelings of claustrophobia when wearing a mask. An oral appliance is free from all of those issues.
Some patients stop using their CPAP machine after a while because it is so uncomfortable and bothersome. Compliance rates are higher with oral appliance therapy, meaning that you will be more likely to enjoy long-term relief from your OSA.
Effective for Most Cases
Patients with all levels of OSA have been known to benefit from oral appliance therapy. Whether your case is mild, moderate, or severe, this treatment may be able to significantly reduce or even eliminate your symptoms.
Some people assume that because oral appliance therapy is not the most popular OSA treatment, it is not covered by insurance. That is not true! The appliances are classified as durable medical equipment (DME), so it is very likely that your health insurance will pay for at least a portion of your care.
CPAP therapy can treat OSA, but it isn’t your only option! Talk to a local sleep dentist to find out if you qualify for comfortable, portable, and effective oral appliance therapy.
Meet the Practice
Dr. Kenneth Mogell is double board-certified in dental sleep medicine. For more than a decade now, he has been helping patients find relief from obstructive sleep apnea via oral appliance therapy. If you are searching for an effective CPAP alternative, he would be pleased to consult with you. Reach out to any of our locations, or call our Melbourne office at 844-686-0696.