A CPAP is a commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea. It does work, keeping your airway open while you sleep with a stream of pressurized air. But it does have some downsides. In fact, many patients find them enough of a bother that they end up not using them regularly like they should. If this describes you, we have a simple treatment that may allow you to give up your CPAP.
Dr. Ernst has completed extensive training with the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in treating sleep apnea with custom-made oral appliances. Like a CPAP, an appliance works by keeping your airway clear throughout the night. Instead of a constant air flow, an appliance simply moves your jaw into a position that helps you breathe easily.
To see if an appliance is right for you, call us today at 513-802-9440 to schedule a free consultation in Cincinnati, OH. In the meantime, check out some of the advantages of an appliance:
- Less Distracting – You may feel a little like Darth Vader in your CPAP. And it’s understandable, with the machine’s mask, tubing, and air noise. You and your bed partner may find it distracting. The appliance simply fits inside your mouth, a lot like a sports mouthguard. Those around you probably won’t even notice it.
- Hassle-Free Use – You’ll need batteries or electricity to keep the machine running. Manufacturers also recommend using distilled water to keep your CPAP in good condition. The water is needed to moisten the air you breathe in. Nothing extra is needed to use an appliance.
- More Comfortable – Even with the water, many folks find that a CPAP tends to dry out their mouths and throats overnight. If you’d rather not wake up feeling parched, an appliance might be a better option for you.
- Easy to Transport – Unlike a CPAP, an oral appliance couldn’t be simpler to transport. It fits inside a pocket or purse. Because of its small size and unobtrusive appearance, you can use it anywhere, even on a flight or in a car.