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CPAP Machine Alternative By Boston Sleep Dentist. OATs For Your Health.

Posted on: May 21st, 2024 | Posted in Sleep Apnea

At our Boston dental practice, we are committed to providing our patients with innovative and effective solutions for their oral health concerns. One area where we see significant interest is in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) as the prevalence of sleep apnea increased dramatically over recent years.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are a well-known treatment option but many people find them uncomfortable. Additionally, a major lawsuit with a prominent CAPA manufacturer that may have put patients in danger ha s made people rethink CPAP machine and look for alternatives. One of the leading alternatives to CPAP is oral appliance therapy (OAT) using custom-made sleep appliances, like those offered by our dentists in Boston, are emerging as a compelling alternative.

A young woman wearing a CPAP mask while sleeping, with the CPAP machine visible on the bedside table

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and CPAP Therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea is an increasingly common condition where the airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to interrupted breathing. This can result in poor sleep quality, daytime fatigue, and a host of other health issues, including cardiovascular problems and increased risk of accidents due to drowsiness.

Until recently, one of the most common treatments for sleep apnea has been CPAP therapy. CPAP therapy involves using a machine that delivers continuous air pressure through a mask, keeping the airway open during sleep. While effective, CPAP has its challenges:

  1. Discomfort: Many patients find the mask uncomfortable to wear throughout the night.
  2. Noise: The noise from the CPAP machine can be disruptive to both the user and their sleeping partner.
  3. Compliance: Due to discomfort and inconvenience, compliance rates with CPAP therapy can be low. Many patients struggle to use it consistently.

Custom-Made Sleep Appliances: A Comfortable Alternative to CPAP

Custom-made sleep appliances, also known as oral appliances, are designed to be worn in the mouth like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. They work by repositioning the jaw and tongue to keep the airway open. Here’s why they are a great alternative to many patients suffering from sleep apnea:

  • Comfort: Custom-made to fit your mouth, these appliances are comfortable and easy to wear.
  • Portability: Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances are small and portable, making them ideal for travel.
  • Quiet: They are silent, eliminating the noise factor associated with CPAP machines.
  • Ease of Use: Oral appliances are easy to use, requiring no electricity or complex setup.
  • Higher Compliance: Due to their comfort and convenience, patients are more likely to use these devices consistently compared to CPAP machines.

During your initial visit, our dental team will take precise impressions of your teeth and bite. This ensures the appliance is tailored specifically for you, offering maximum comfort and effectiveness. These devices are then crafted to fit your unique dental anatomy based on the precise impressions taken.

Is a Custom Sleep Appliance Right for You?

While CPAP therapy remains the gold standard for severe OSA, custom-made sleep appliances are an excellent option for those with mild to moderate OSA or those who cannot tolerate CPAP. It’s essential to undergo a thorough evaluation with a dentist, like those in or Boston dental office, or sleep specialist to determine the severity of your condition and the most suitable treatment option.

If you are struggling with CPAP therapy or are looking for an alternative solution for sleep apnea, custom-made sleep appliances may be the answer. Schedule a consultation with our Boston sleep dentists today to explore your options and take the first step towards restful, restorative sleep.

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