Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that occurs when your airway gets blocked by excess tissue in the back of your throat, preventing you from breathing properly while you sleep.
There are several effective treatments for OSA, with two of the most popular being a CPAP machine and oral appliance therapy. If our Atlanta sleep apnea dentist or physician determines that you’re a candidate for either of these options, here are some things worth considering to help you decide which one is right for you.
A CPAP is a machine with a hose that has a mask at the end of it. When you wear the mask over your face, air is forced directly into your airway, allowing you to breathe in enough oxygen and get a good night’s sleep.
CPAP machines are more effective than oral appliance therapy for people with severe sleep apnea, however, the machine, hose, and mask tend to be bulky, making it difficult to get comfortable enough to fall asleep.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral sleep apnea appliance is a clear plastic mouthguard that you wear over your teeth. While there are several different kinds of these appliances, most work by shifting your lower jaw forward which naturally opens your airway.
Oral appliances are great for traveling because they take up little room. However, prolonged use of a mouthpiece can alter your bite, so you might need to wear a deprogrammer the next day.
Which Apnea Treatment Is Right for You?
If you have obstructive sleep apnea and need help deciding which treatment is best for you, then call Buford Sleep of Atlanta. Dr. Ravi Patel in Buford, GA will be glad to sit with you and discuss your options.