Sleep Apnea Treatment
Your CPAP Alternative
For many years, patients with sleep apnea have been prescribed a CPAP machine. This helped the condition by continuously pumping air into the patient as they were sleeping in order to keep their airway open. While this method can be helpful for some, it has presented a host of issues for others. Some find the mask they have to wear very uncomfortable, leading many to even feel claustrophobic. The machine can also create quite a bit of noise, which not only disturbs the patient, but also anyone sharing the room with them. It can be quite bulky, restricting movement while trying to sleep. This list of problems is why it is common for nearly 50% of CPAP users to stop using their machine after the first year. Fortunately, Dr. Mogell can offer a viable CPAP alternative.
Oral Appliance Therapy
One of the simplest ways to treat sleep apnea is with oral appliance therapy. Many patients prefer it over a CPAP machine because the appliances are small, portable, quiet, and easy to use. This is a small device that is worn over the teeth, similar to a retainer or mouth guard. There are two main types of oral appliances:
- Mandibular repositioning devices – These oral appliances reposition your lower jaw forward and down slightly to keep your airway open while you sleep. Mandibular repositioning devices are the most widely used oral appliances.
- Tongue retaining devices – These oral appliances hold your tongue in place to keep your airway open.
Both of these methods help prevent the soft tissue in your mouth and throat from blocking your airway while you sleep. Dr. Mogell offers a variety of oral appliances from prominent providers such as SomnoMed, Respire, and Moses. Every oral appliance is custom made to fit each patient. These are both more comfortable and more effective than over-the-counter devices, which are often only available in one size. The oral appliances provided by Dr. Mogell are made of flexible, yet durable materials to help assure the comfort of everyone that wears them. Patients are able to talk and drink normally while they have them in, meaning they do not need to drastically alter any nighttime routines. Nearly 95% of all patients who regularly use an oral appliance have seen a dramatic increase in the quality of their sleep. Oral appliances are also able to address other issues, often being prescribed to help prevent nighttime teeth grinding (or bruxism), help eliminate TMJ pain, or even serve as a snoring cure.
How Can I Get An Oral Appliance?
If you are suffering from sleep apnea or simply want to stop snoring, please come visit Florida Dental Sleep Disorders at our Boca Raton, Vero Beach, Jupiter, Melbourne or Ocala office today. That way Dr. Mogell can give you an examination and see if an oral appliance is the best way to help you get restful sleep. With his expertise in sleep apnea and neuromuscular dentistry, he can help you choose one that will deliver the best results.