Unhappy With Your CPAP?
For patients suffering from sleep apnea, the first line of defense is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. A CPAP works by delivering constant, steady air pressure through your nasal passages from a mask that’s worn each night. Though it can be effective, most patients dislike their CPAP.
Learn why patients prefer oral appliances over CPAP machines and how our Gig Harbor team can help you.
Why Do People Dislike CPAP Machines?
Most patients complain that their CPAP is loud, uncomfortable, and awkward to use. It can be exceedingly restrictive and difficult to use because CPAP therapy requires you to wear a mask overnight and sleep on your back.
The mask must also be removed and reattached each time you get up during the night. In fact, the amount of restrictions produced by CPAP therapy causes four in five patients to use their machine incorrectly or stop wearing it altogether.
What are the Benefits of Oral Appliances?
Many of our patients in Gig Harbor and surrounding areas find relief using an oral appliance for a number of reasons. Oral appliances are small, quiet, disreet, and:
- Custom-made to perfectly fit your unique bite
- Provides greater comfort and adjustability than CPAP
- Easy to use ⎼ it’s similar to a mouthguard!
- Completely portable, allowing for easy travel
- Doesn’t require you to wear an uncomfortable mask overnight
- An affordable solution for snoring, sleep apnea, and TMJ problems
Finding the Right Solution
Oral appliance therapy has been shown to be more successful in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This small device works by gently shifting your jaw forward to keep your airway open while you sleep. It’s an effective alternative for patients who want a more comfortable and convenient alternative to CPAP.
After getting a diagnosis, Dr. Iregui will discuss your sleep test results, explain your treatment options, and help you determine a solution that works best for you. We’ll happily answer any questions or concerns you may have about your condition and treatment plan.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Getting diagnosed with sleep apnea can be daunting, but you’re not alone. At SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy, we take the time to listen to your concerns so we can find the perfect treatment to relieve your symptoms.
Contact our Gig Harbor office at (253) 204-2643 or simply fill out a contact form to schedule your consultation with Dr. Iregui.