CPAP Alternative: Oral Appliance Therapy
At Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness, we offer an alternative to CPAP—oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances are worn inside your mouth and look similar to mouthguards. Instead of applying constant air pressure, oral appliances reposition your tissues to keep your airway open to help you breathe seamlessly throughout the night. Sleep apnea is often caused as a result of soft tissue collapsing into the throat when the body relaxes to sleep. By repositioning the jaw and airway tissues, it cannot collapse when the body relaxes.
There are also some oral appliances on the market that can correct sleep apnea by repositioning the upper palate or tongue if they’re the cause of airway obstruction.
Oral appliances are comfortable to wear and convenient to travel with. They’re no larger to travel with than a small mouthguard case. You also don’t need to stay close to electricity to treat your sleep apnea. Simply pop the oral appliance in your mouth before you go to sleep, and clean it in the morning. It’s that simple to treat sleep apnea.
Lastly, oral appliances are just as effective as CPAP for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. Since they’re so comfortable and convenient, long-term compliance is much better.
The only downside to oral appliances is that they’re not effective for severe obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, and they can cause TMJ problems if they’re not properly fitted.
At Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness, Dr. Haddad has extensive knowledge and experience treating both TMJ and sleep apnea. When we provide you with an oral appliance, we’re not only helping you treat sleep apnea, but also optimizing your bite to prevent TMJ disorder.