CPAP machines utilize air pressure through a tube and mask, which is placed over the mouth, to facilitate air movement in the passageways. Patients who have the machine may find difficulties in transporting it around, as it requires a large storage space and comes with multiple electrical cords and adapters. In addition, patients will need to place it an area with adequate access to electrical outlets. It will generate noise as it is turned on, which may distract some patients.
With oral appliances, patients experience a re-positioning of their lower jaw from wearing the mask in order to promote airway flow. The storage and maintenance of oral appliances are easier due to their smaller carrying size. In addition, 91 percent of patients report that oral devices present minimal discomfort while in use. It does not make noise, and some patients can open their mouth, talk, or drink while using it.
For the purposes of sleep apnea treatment, making a decision between oral appliances or CPAP machines may require a consultation with a dentist. To schedule one with Pacific Dental Care, contact us today.
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
Consequences of Untreated Sleep Apnea
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea