Oral Appliances for Those with CPAP Intolerance
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. People who suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are treated with CPAP therapy. In this therapy, a person will sleep wearing a mask over their nose and mouth. A machine attached to the mask will keep on supplying lightly pressurized air to the nose. The continuous flow of air will ensure that the upper airway of your throat remains open throughout and that your breathing is regular.
There are certain people who are intolerant to the CPAP therapy. The reasons for this intolerance include:
- Leaks occurring due to improperly fitted masks
- Uncomfortable masks
- Allergies to latex, the material used for making the masks
- Disturbed sleep due to the noise of the CPAP machine
- Restricted movement because the mask strapped on is attached to the machine
Treating This Intolerance
CPAP intolerance can be treated by using our oral sleep appliances. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says oral sleep appliances can effectively treat low to medium cases of OSA. Our appliances can be an alternative therapy for people who have severe sleep apnea and are intolerant to CPAP therapy. The oral sleep appliance of choice will be calibrated and fitted according to each individual patient’s features by our experts.
Oral appliances are thin and flexible appliances that provide comfort from sleep apnea and snoring. These work by repositioning the tongue or the jaw forward. Due to the repositioning of the jaw or the tongue, the airways in the throat open up to enable free and clear breathing during sleeping.
We offer an oral appliance that hooks up to the CPAP machine without the need of a mask. Masks can create indentations in the skin of a patient’s face. Without the mask, you will no longer need to worry about embarrassing marks like these. Discomfort will be a thing of the past, and latex allergies will not be an issue.
Another option is an oral appliance that makes a CPAP machine entirely unnecessary. This appliance that Dr. Greenburg invented himself is known as a TRD, a tongue-restraining device. The tongue is kept in place throughout the night, meaning that it can’t block the patient’s airway. With this option, there will be no loud machine, and your movement won’t be restricted by connection to a machine.
When you first start wearing an oral appliance, you may experience sore gums and teeth, dry mouth or excessive salivation, or a tense jaw. However, these symptoms will go away as soon as you get used to your oral appliance.
Before trying out the abovementioned alternative methods for CPAP intolerance, you should try to identify and correct the reason for intolerance. Check the masks for fitting problems, leaks, and improper pressure settings. Sometimes, proper guidance in CPAP can solve intolerance problems.
Get In Touch with Our Office
If CPAP therapy just isn’t for you, come to The Snore Experts and get one of our oral appliances! Contact our office today to arrange an appointment for a consultation so you can make snoring a thing of the past.