Many patients find dental devices to be more comfortable and tolerable to wear as opposed to CPAP masks.Patients on CPAP often complain of dry, itchy noses from the air pressure drying out their sinuses. Oral devices do not have this problem.There is less equipment to become entangled with during sleep, or knock off during slumber, for patients who are active movers during sleep.There is a lot less equipment involved, and therefore easier to travel with.
Who qualifies for dental appliances?
Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea (not recommended for moderate to severe sleep apnea)Patients with primary snoring (in absense of sleep apnea)Patients who have tried and failed at CPAP therapy may qualifyPatients who were unsuccessful with or refused surgeries such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, cranofacial operations, or tracheostomy.In combination with CPAP device to help lower patient’s apnea/hypopnea index for more tolerable air pressure settings.
For mild to moderate sleep apnea, a dental device is often the recommended therapy. Dental devices may also be recommended to be worn in conjunction a CPAP device to help lower high pressure needs.
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