Benefits of an Oral Appliance over a CPAP Machine
Submitted by Michael R. Cortese, D.M.D. on Sun 05/08/2016 - 09:00
If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, you have several treatment options. The two most popular options are to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine or to wear an oral appliance. At Princeton Prosthodontics, Dr. Michael Cortese has noticed that most of his sleep apnea patients prefer using an oral appliance instead of the traditional CPAP machine. Here, he shares some of the reasons why.
Easy to Wear
One of the key benefits of an oral appliance is that they are comfortable and easy to wear. Unlike wearing a bulky mask attached to a tube and a machine, oral appliances can be easily slipped in and out of the mouth just like a retainer or mouth guard. They are custom-fitted to your exact specifications. There is a slight adjustment period, but in general oral appliances are less intrusive and better tolerated than CPAP machines.
CPAP machines make constant noise and the loud sounds can prevent you or your spouse from falling or staying asleep. On the other hand, an oral appliance makes no noise and is not disruptive to you or your spouse as you sleep.
For people that travel, a CPAP machine presents certain challenges. The equipment is big, bulky and difficult to transport. An oral appliance is much smaller and can easily be packed in your handbag or carry-on bag (or even a shirt pocket).
Easy to Care For
Oral appliances don’t have any mechanical parts to maintain and do not need electricity or batteries to operate. They can be easily cleaned using a toothbrush and toothpaste.
Understanding Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Not everyone is a candidate for treatment with an oral appliance. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are interested in using an oral appliance instead of a CPAP machine, the best thing to do is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cortese. After learning more about you and your needs, he can educate you about your treatment options and recommend the right treatment for you.