Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by inconsistent breathing and can be detrimental to your health. If you frequently experience restless nights or snore loudly, you may be a sleep apnea candidate.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Difficulty focusing
Sleep apnea can cause serious heart and health complications throughout your life. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or believe you have this disorder, it is necessary to find a treatment plan that works.
Although many patients begin treatment by using a CPAP machine, many discover this device hinders their sleep patterns. Alternative treatment plans, like an oral appliance, are highly recommended, as they can help maintain a restful sleep while promoting healthy breathing.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
Once you have been assessed by your physician, a sleep dentist can help you decide which treatment plan is right for you.
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is used to promote steady breathing during sleep by way of an air pump, mask, and tubes that allow air to pump throughout the lungs.
However, the CPAP is not for everyone. Patients experience:
- Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- An increased risk of sinus infection
- Nose and throat irritation
- Airway dryness
- Smothering sensation
- CPAP intolerance
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an affordable and effective alternative which consists of a comfortable mouthguard. The mouthguard sits between the teeth to open the patient’s jaw, allowing a quiet, peaceful sleep.
Unlike a CPAP, oral appliance therapy patients easily acclimate to treatment because they are not burdened with a large and noisy CPAP mask.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Littleton, CO
If you are ready to work with a specialized sleep apnea orthodontist, Kip Dental and Orthodontics can help! Our office is partners with Denver Sleeps, a network of professionals that have specialized in sleep apnea treatment for over 30 years.
Denver sleeps is conveniently located throughout the Denver area and is ready to assess your needs and find solution that allows you to receive a sound sleep with minimal adjustments. For more information regarding CPAP alternatives, call Kip Dental and Orthodontics or contact us online.