An estimated 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, and that means there are a lot of people out there who are searching for treatment options that will suit their needs and lifestyle. While there are many treatment options available, the most common and effective treatment that is recommended to patients is usually a CPAP machine. However, oral appliances are becoming an increasingly popular treatment option. If you’re exploring your sleep apnea treatment options, we will help you decide whether a CPAP machine or oral appliance is right for you.

CPAP Machines

A CPAP Machine is a highly effective method for treating obstructive sleep apnea. It provides continuous positive airway pressure to help a patient breathe more easily as they sleep.

It works by increasing air pressure in your throat so your airway doesn’t collapse when you breathe in. A common indicator of your throat collapsing when you sleep is snoring, and thankfully, the CPAP machine treats this symptom too.

A CPAP machine combats your sleep apnea, eases snoring and improves sleep quality. However, despite the many benefits, there are some downsides. Many people struggle to adapt to the machine and find it very uncomfortable.

The machine sits beside the bed, a large tube connects to it with a mask that fits over your mouth and nose. Many patients find this uncomfortable, and some experience side effects including nasal congestion, dry mouth, nosebleeds, chest discomfort and feelings of confinement when wearing the mask.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are small, mouthguard-like devices that are customized to fit your mouth. Generally, using an FDA-approved oral appliance, you can sleep without the many side effects and discomfort associated with the CPAP machine.

Oral appliances help support your airway by moving the lower jaw forward. Your lower jaw is positioned down and forward, which supports your throat muscles and helps the airway to remain open while you sleep. Oral appliances are state-of-the-art and generally more comfortable and convenient than CPAP machines for most patients.

CPAP Machine vs Oral Appliance

Whether an oral appliance or CPAP machine is better for you depends on how comfortable you want to be during the night. Both treat sleep apnea and aid in giving you a good night’s sleep. However, one is worn in the mouth while the other is worn on the face and connected to a machine. If you prefer to move around during your sleep, the CPAP machine can stop you from doing this. Additionally, CPAP machines can be very loud as they blow a constant stream of air down the throat. If sound or wearing a mask would make you uncomfortable as you sleep, then a CPAP machine may not be the right choice.

Call for a Consultation

If you have sleep apnea, and you’re looking for a comfortable and effective solution, call us at (850) 243-1534. Our team is at hand to help you sleep soundly again!

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