Ditch the CPAP! Treat Sleep Apnea With an Oral Appliance
Sleep apnea is a disorder that creates inconsistent breathing during sleep. If you have a hard time sleeping or display the signs below, it is time to reach out to your dentist about your treatment options.
- Weight gain
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Dry mouth
- Lack of awareness
- Loud snoring
- Mood swings
Sleep apnea can cause life-threatening health issues down the road if treated improperly. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or experience related symptoms, there are treatment options in place to help.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is used to treat sleep apnea patients. This method of treatment involves a mask that goes over the face and an air pump that provides a consistent flow of air to the lungs to ease breathing. Patients who choose this treatment generally experience:
- Trouble sleeping due to limited mobility
- Smothering sensation
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- Airway dryness
- Increased risk of sinus infection
- CPAP intolerance
- Nose and throat irritation
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a popular alternative to CPAP and offers little to no side effects. This style of treatment is less intrusive. The therapy simply involves a mouthguard that creates a bridge between your teeth in order to allow for a well-rested night of sleep.
Patients who switch from CPAP to oral appliance therapy tend to prefer this method of treatment because the mouthguard is far less intrusive than their previous CPAP device.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Castle Rock
Are you ready to make the switch from your CPAP device to oral treatment therapy? Dr. Hamersky, certified under Denver Sleeps and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), is well versed in the field of sleep apnea. AADSM members are premier doctors in this field with knowledge on the newest treatment plans for sleep apnea patients.