Is CPAP the Right Choice for You?
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It’s an effective treatment for sleep apnea sufferers. A CPAP machine prevents stoppages in breathing by pumping a continuous stream of air into the patient’s airway through a mask that attaches to their face.
CPAP therapy works, but it’s not for everybody. Many patients find it to be loud and uncomfortable and it hinders their motion during sleep.
We take great care to listen to our patients and learn their treatment preferences. Over time, we’ve discovered that the majority of our patients far prefer the convenience of oral appliances to the invasiveness of CPAP masks. That’s why Dr. Ang offers mandibular advancement devices to help you sleep soundly through the night.
The Benefits of Oral Appliances
Research shows that oral appliance treatment is an effective alternative for patients who snore and those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. If you and Dr. Ang decide that an oral appliance is the right option for you, he’ll provide you with this custom-crafted solution for your sleep apnea.
An oral appliance works by shifting the jaw slightly forward, which maintains an open airway while you sleep. Dr. Ang will select an oral appliance that best suits your individual needs.
The “Mandibular Advancement” appliance featured by Dr. Ang delivers the following benefits:
- A significant reduction in apnea symptoms
- Higher compliance rate than CPAP
- Convenient, portable, and easy to use and maintain
- Enhances your quality of sleep
- More affordable than CPAP
CPAP and oral appliances are not mutually incompatible. It’s common for patients to use both. What’s great about the oral appliance is that it’s relatively affordable. Many patients use a CPAP machine at home and will take an oral appliance with them while traveling; they also use mouth pieces as a backup when their CPAP is undergoing maintenance.
Ideal for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, it makes sense to explore your options — an oral appliance just might be the preferable, more comfortable solution.
A sleep apnea oral appliance can also help those who snore but don’t necessarily have sleep apnea. Remember, your snoring doesn’t just affect you, it impairs your partner’s ability to sleep as well.
Additional Treatment Options
In addition to dental appliances and CPAP, there are a number of methods for treating sleep apnea such as lifestyle changes. For example, patients who are overweight or obese can often reduce the severity of their sleep apnea symptoms by losing weight.
Refraining from smoking, drinking, and avoiding sedatives are also beneficial strategies for sleep apnea sufferers. Additional options prescribed by physicians to treat sleep apnea include surgery to remove excess tissue and suggesting certain types of medication. We can help you explore the options to find the best solution for you.