Sleep apnea can cause many complex health issues that affect your energy level throughout the day. For many years, the standard sleep apnea treatment was a CPAP machine. Finally, our dentists at West Grande Prairie Dental can, in many cases, provide you with sleep apnea treatment without needing a CPAP.
An Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment
Many of our patients experiencing sleep apnea symptoms find dental devices, like a custom mouth guard, to be one of the most convenient treatment options. You may not need to worry about a sleep apnea machine (CPAP) anymore!
CPAP machines come with the inconvenience of tubing, face masks, and noisy machinery; not to mention dry mouth, nosebleeds, and congestion. Our sleep apnea mouthguards are custom-made and comfortable to wear while you sleep.
Most sleep apnea mouthpieces work by moving your jaw forward and increasing the upper airway size. This reduces the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring. Visually in comfort and fit, a sleep apnea mouth guard resembles a sports mouth guard.
Snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), yet not all snorers may be diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you are one of those people, a CPAP machine is likely not even an option to help you sleep better. A custom mouth guard may help you stop snoring even without a sleep apnea diagnosis.
While you sleep, the soft tissues in your throat may relax to the point that they start to block your airway. Breathing deeply can cause the tissues to vibrate, resulting in a snoring sound.
You can learn more about snoring and sleep apnea treatments, including tips on how to stop snoring, on our Snoring and Sleep Apnea Overview and Top 10 Tips to Stop Snoring pages.
How Do Sleep Apnea Mouth Guards Work?
A sleep apnea mouth guard can be referred to as a jaw advancing device (JAD) or a mandibular advancing device (MAD). These mouthpieces are becoming increasingly more popular as continued research demonstrates the efficacy of this type of treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea and snoring.
Benefits of Using a Custom Mouth Guard
When used consistently and under the guidance of one of our doctors, you may experience many benefits from your sleep apnea mouth guard. You may quickly notice an improvement in your sleep quality. And because a sleep apnea mouth guard is easy to use, you’ll actually use it!
Other Benefits of Using a Custom Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard:
- Simple: A custom mouth guard has no plugs, batteries, or replacement parts to repair or filters to clean. Proper cleaning and storage are all you need to keep your mouth guard in great condition.
- Silent: The CPAP machine’s steady, quiet hum can be distracting as it blows air throughout the night. A custom mouthguard will make no such noise, making it easier to sleep without distraction.
- Comfortable: Your mouth guard will be custom-made to fit your mouth. A CPAP machine has a mask and tubing that touches not only your mouth, but also your face, hair, head, nose, and neck. A mouthpiece also doesn’t affect your sleep position like a sleep apnea machine can.
- Affordable: For those who may not have insurance coverage for a CPAP machine, a mouth guard usually costs significantly less.
- Replaceable: If you’ve been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, you may be fine using a CPAP machine. Having a secondary sleep apnea device, such as a mouth guard, can be used as a backup if your CPAP machine needs to be repaired.
We Can Help You Sleep Better at West Grande Prairie Dental!
If you feel you aren’t well-rested because of your sleep apnea or snoring, we may be able to help! Call or request a FREE Sleep Apnea Consultation online with us today. Our dentists can help you sleep soundly again.
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