Using oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea instead of CPAP machines
- Posted on: Nov 15 2020
When patients are diagnosed with conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, they may be unsure as to whether or not the use of a CPAP machine is right for them. In many instances where patients are diagnosed with this condition, the primary care physician will often recommend the use of a bulky, uncomfortable machine to ensure patients get the deep, restorative sleep they require. However, many patients stop using their CPAP machine because of how uncomfortable it can be.
Instead of using a CPAP machine, the team at Drs of Smiles in Mesa, AZ strongly encourage patients to take the time to learn about an alternative option called oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy maintains open airways as well, but does so with a mouthpiece that is more comfortable to wear. Our dentists find that most patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, comply better with treatment when utilizing oral appliances instead of the bulky CPAP machine commonly recommended by professionals.
How oral appliance therapy works
Oral appliance therapy is a wonderful alternative to CPAP machine use. It eliminates the uncomfortable machine that is difficult to travel with and noisy and instead utilizes a mouthpiece custom-made to fit the patient’s mouth. This mouthpiece can keep the jaw aligned and ensure the tongue stays down to open the airways while a patients sleeps and reduce the common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Our dentists find that patients comply better with this treatment and prefer it!
Am I a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
Any patient who uses a CPAP machine or has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea can connect with our team to learn more about their candidacy for this alternative treatment.
Call Drs of Smiles today!
Drs. LeSueur, LeSueur, and Dodaro of Drs of Smiles in Mesa, Arizona strongly encourage patients who have been struggling with CPAP use to connect with them and find out if they are a good fit for oral appliance therapy. The office is located at 1056 South Val Vista Drive in Suite #1 and can be reached telephonically at (480) 834-6991. The practice is always open to new patients in the communities of Mesa, AZ and beyond.
Posted in: Obstructive Sleep Apnea