Individuals who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea initially often assume that a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine will resolve all their issues and they will once again be able to sleep comfortably throughout the night. Unfortunately, CPAP machines are not without issues for some users. Not only do they not find the restful sleep they were looking for, they also acquire issues from a dry mouth, irritated skin or a host of other issues.
Common problems with CPAP machines include trying to fall asleep with the background noise produced by the machine. Other CPAP users have problems feeling claustrophobic from wearing the device or they find they routinely take off their mask during sleep. Some people have issues with their masks causing pressure sores or simply have trouble tolerating the forced air pressure produced by the machine.
If you or someone you know, struggles with sleep apnea and are not happy with using a CPAP machine, consider rlacing a CPAP machine with an oral dental sleep epappliance. Here at Samuels Dental Arts, we understand how important it is for our patients to get a restful night's sleep on a consistent basis. We can make an oral appliance that is custom-made to fit your mouth to resolve your issues with sleep apnea or even problems with snoring. The device works by moving the jaw forward enough to increase the size of the upper airway during sleep. By increasing the size of the upper airway, the air resistance that leads to sleep apnea and snoring is reduced.
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or have issues with snoring and have found a CPAP machine difficult to use, contact us to discuss becoming fitted for an oral dental sleep appliance. Many medical insurances, including Medicare, cover these types of oral appliances. Within a few weeks, you can start experiencing restful sleep in order to improve your health and overall sense of well-being.
Peter J. Samuels is clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a Gettysburg dentist. 717-334-0555