When you have sleep apnea, it can feel like the only solution to your snoring and unrestful nights is a CPAP machine. While the CPAP machine is certainly one of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea, many patients don’t want to wear a breathing device like this at night. Fortunately, you do have other other effective alternatives, one of which is oral appliance therapy.
Oral appliance therapy is when a tongue retaining appliance or a mandibular (lower jaw) advancement device is worn at night to promote proper air flow. Think of these devices like a sports mouth guard: you don’t have to wear them all the time, just when you’re sleeping! They not only stop snoring but can also help you get better sleep. Oral appliance therapy appeals to sleep apnea patients because it is manageable, comfortable, and convenient. It is also less cumbersome and quieter than a CPAP machine. For those of you who find it difficult to sleep with white noise, this is a game-changer!
If you think you have sleep apnea or are currently intolerable to your CPAP machine, talk to us about oral appliance therapy. This may be the perfect alternative treatment for your sleep apnea. Call TMJ and Sleep Solutions of Alabama today at 205-874-9699.