My spouse has been told they have sleep apnea but hates the idea of wearing a CPAP at night. What can a dentist do to help?
As the spouse of someone who snores, you have likely lost many nights of sleep. In addition to being disruptive, snoring and sleep apnea can be dangerous and detrimental to your loved one’s health, so treatment is important.
CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machines work by using pressurized air to keep the constricted airway open during sleep. At Shank Dentistry, we offer an alternative for those patients who do not tolerate CPAP treatment well.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as an effective alternative to CPAP for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. OAT opens the airway by gently moving the lower jaw forward using an oral appliance. Many of our patients prefer these special types of nightguards over wearing the mask that is necessary with CPAP treatment.
Dr. Shank can recommend one of several different types of oral appliances that are custom designed to fit your teeth perfectly and stay in place as you sleep. They are less cumbersome than CPAP treatment and eliminate the need for forced air, which can feel unpleasant for some patients, as well as the noise of the CPAP.