When patients are first diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), they often rely on a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine to alleviate the condition. OSA is a chronic sleep breathing disorder that involves your airway becoming repeatedly blocked by oral tissues. The air provided by the CPAP machine prevents this blockage to stop sleep apnea at its source. However, for many patients, the mask and loud machinery can still be too obtrusive to rest properly. Therefore, they often prefer a custom-designed sleep appliance, which can more comfortably and naturally treat sleep apnea by offering better support for your jaw and oral structures.
The Benefits of a Sleep Appliance
A sleep apnea appliance is a small, comfortable mouthpiece that is custom-designed according to highly precise measurements of your teeth, jaw, and oral structures. Rather than using gentle air pressure to keep your airway clear, the appliance works by keeping your airway open through better positioning and support for your oral structures. The appliance comfortably supports your lower jaw in a slightly forward position, which prevents oral and throat tissues from collapsing into your airway. This allows you to sleep soundly, peacefully, and comfortably without worrying about sleep apnea episodes, and without relying on a cumbersome CPAP machine.
Treat Sleep Apnea with a Custom Appliance
For many patients who have sleep apnea, a custom-designed appliance can offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional treatment with a CPAP machine. To learn more, schedule a consultation with our experts by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.