Sleep apnea doesn’t have to be treated with a CPAP machine. Oral appliance therapy is an alternative that’s evolved for those with mild or moderate sleep apnea. Dr. William Harper, an experienced provider of treatment for sleep apnea in Hampton Roads, VA, can provide you with a custom oral device to fit your needs.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Help Sleep Apnea?
Oral devices work by repositioning parts in your mouth while you sleep. They usually focus on the position of the jawbone or tongue. These appliances keep your mouth in a position that allows the airway to remain open while you’re sleeping. This way, you won’t have the breathing problems that are caused by sleep apnea and your body gets the oxygen it needs.
What are the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral devices are similar in size and shape to a custom mouthguard. This makes a device a more comfortable and convenient solution than a full CPAP machine. If you’re traveling and on the go, it’s a lot easier to pack a small mouthguard than it is to bring along your entire CPAP machine.
Many patients have issues getting a good night’s sleep with the CPAP machine as well. It’s bulky, can make noise, and can be a lot of pressure on the face. Patients also have trouble just because it’s a facemask that goes over your nose and mouth. That can make people panic or just feel uncomfortable. Oral devices are often a lot more comfortable.
Oral appliances are cost-effective. In some cases, insurance will even cover the full cost of the device. Even if insurance doesn’t, a small appliance will fit in your budget a lot better than a large machine.
If you already have a CPAP machine, oral devices can oftentimes work in conjunction with them. The devices can help lessen the pressure that the CPAP machine puts on your face. If the CPAP isn’t fully doing the job, the combination may be able to get you the full relief from sleep apnea that you need to get a good night of sleep.
What Can I Expect From My Oral Device Appointment?
At your appointment, Dr. Harper will analyze your jaw and bite. He also may recommend that you do a sleep test so that he can determine the exact cause of your sleep apnea. This is what allows him to pick the type of device that will best work for you
When he determines the right device, he’ll make a mold of your mouth. This is so the device can be completely customized to the shape of your mouth. This gives you the best fit and will make it more comfortable for you to wear.
Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Hampton Roads, Virginia
To get the solution you need to treat your sleep apnea, call us today or schedule an appointment online! Dr. Harper will help you get back the full night’s sleep you need.