You know that you snore. How many times were you woken up by your spouse poking you in the ribs before you finally got tested for sleep apnea?
Now, you have a CPAP machine, and while it’s not the most pleasant thing to use, it does cut down your snoring (and pokes to the ribs) when you use it. Generally, you do wake up feeling better when you sleep with the mask than you do on the nights when you forget.
Yet, you’ve had to give up doing some things that you love. You can’t really go camping unless you bring a generator to power your machine. You learned that the hard way when the electricity went out one night … and you were banished to the couch.
At Advanced Dental Associates, we may have another sleep apnea treatment that could help when you are somewhere without electricity. You may find that you prefer this to your CPAP for other reasons, too.
If you would like to learn more about our snoring and sleep apnea solution, call (210) 819-5233 or contact us online. Schedule a consultation with one of our dentists in San Antonio, TX.
Why You Might Not Use Your CPAP
For years, CPAP machines were the only way people were treated for obstructive sleep apnea. When used correctly, they are effective. The problem is too many people don’t use them like they should. Studies have shown that as many as half of patients who are prescribed CPAP therapy don’t use their machines. Why is this?
There are countless reasons, and we’ve heard several of them at our office.
Some patients don’t like the feeling of air being pushed into their airways to keep them open, which stops them from sleeping.
Some patients find their machines are too loud, which prevents them from falling asleep.
Some patients think the hose that connects their machine to their mask makes it difficult to get comfortable.
Some patients consider their masks are uncomfortable or irritating.
Some patients can’t find the right fit for their mask. Either it’s too tight or too loose, which prevents them from getting the intended benefits they should.
And as we noted above, even if you are faithful CPAP user, you still need electricity to keep it working.
Another Way To Deal With Sleep Apnea
Today, you have the option of using an oral appliance instead. These devices have been approved by both the Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for sleep apnea treatments.
These kinds of appliances are similar to mouthguards, with one important difference (which we will explain in a moment). Each of these appliances is custom-fitted for an individual patient.
Like your CPAP, the goal is to keep you breathing throughout the night. This will reduce your snoring and help you get healthy, restful (rib-saving) sleep.
What makes the oral appliances useful for this is what it does while you wear it. Sleep apnea appliances pull your lower jaw forward slightly. This movement helps to keep your airways open.
With this treatment, you don’t have to wear a mask. You don’t have to deal with the noise of a CPAP machine.
And maybe most importantly, you don’t need electrical power for it to work.
The oral appliance is small, which makes it easy to bring with you while traveling. It’s something you can use even during a power outage, and with it, you might just be able to share a tent with someone on a camping trip.