CPAP vs. Oral Appliance
Evidence shows that the type of sleep apnea treatment is actually not as important as the usage. While many patients are prescribed the CPAP machine for sleep apnea relief, about half of them don’t use it.
We don’t blame sleep apnea patients for skipping their CPAP. CPAPs are loud, large, and quite uncomfortable.
Some patients find alternatives to the CPAP machine far easier to comply with. Those patients who choose a dental appliance for sleep apnea are more likely to wear it, and may see much better results.
A longer, healthier life is the ultimate goal. So Dr. Buchheit and his team are here to help you decide which treatment will give you the best results–the CPAP or the sleep apnea appliance.
What are the Major Differences between the CPAP Machine and a Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea?
What are some of the differences between using the CPAP vs. the dental appliance for sleep apnea?
Compliance: The sleep apnea appliance shows better compliance than the CPAP for the first year or two. While compliance with the dental appliance falls off after the first few years, its compliance rates still remain higher than the CPAP over time.
Function: The CPAP machine is the premier treatment for sleep apnea. It ensures the sleep apnea sufferer keeps breathing by increasing air pressure in the throat.
The sleep apnea appliance keeps the jaw forward and the tongue away from the throat. This optimal positioning keeps the airway open throughout the night.
The appliance also does something that the CPAP does not: it changes the patient’s bite over time to promote better breathing even without the appliance.
Convenience: The CPAP is noisy, large, and uncomfortable for sleep. The dental appliance for sleep apnea is:
- Easy to clean
- Easy to wear
The Best Treatment is Treatment You’ll Comply with!
Long-term outcome trials suggest that use of a sleep apnea appliance may have equal or greater long-term benefits than partial use of the CPAP.
If you don’t think the CPAP will suit your lifestyle, ask Dr. Buchheit, Chesterfield dentist, about alternatives to the CPAP machine. We can certainly get your condition under control so that you can enjoy better sleep and brighter days for a lifetime!