A CPAP machine is the most commonly prescribed solution for patients who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Unfortunately, many people find the machine difficult to tolerate, so they do not comply with their treatment. They therefore continue to suffer from sleep deprivation and the many health risks that it poses. Is there a better way to find relief from OSA? Yes! Dr. Mogell and our team proudly offer oral appliance therapy in Boca Raton a convenient and effective way to breathe easier during sleep.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
An oral appliance is a small device that resembles a mouthguard that you would wear for sports. However, it has a very different purpose. There are a couple different types of oral appliances, but most of them are mandibular advancement devices (MADs.).
The goal of a MAD is to shift the lower jaw slightly forward. This helps to prevent tissues in the throat from collapsing during sleep, enabling your airway to stay open and allowing you to find freedom from the pauses in breathing that are the hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliances also work to stop patients from snoring, which is a common symptom of OSA.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
Some noteworthy advantages of oral appliance therapy include:
- The devices are custom-fit to maximize effectiveness.
- There are no hoses, wires, or tubes.
- The treatment is completely silent; there is no machine-related noise to bother you or your significant other.
- Oral appliances are small and easy to travel with. You can just slip your device in your carry-on and go!
- This therapy is completely noninvasive.
- Maintaining and caring for an oral sleep appliance is easy and inexpensive.
- Unlike a CPAP machine, an oral appliance will not dry out your sinuses or your lips.
- An oral appliance does not require you to be attached to a machine, so you can feel free to sleep in whatever position brings you the most comfort.
- Most patients find that an oral appliance is easier to use and more comfortable than a CPAP machine.
Who Could Benefit from Oral Appliance Therapy?
You might be able to benefit from oral appliance therapy if:
- You have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Whether your case is mild, moderate, or severe, an oral appliance may be able to help.
- You snore loudly and frequently but have not been officially diagnosed with OSA.
- You wish to avoid surgery to address your condition.
- You have used a CPAP machine in the past and found it difficult to tolerate.
- You are looking for a way to manage your OSA while you make lifestyle changes that will reduce your symptoms. (For example, you might be trying to lose weight.)
Are you ready to learn more about oral appliance therapy and its many benefits? Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation.