What if CPAP Therapy Doesn’t Work For Me?

signs of sleep apneaHave you been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and struggle with CPAP therapy? An oral appliance custom fitted by a dentist is an alternative to CPAP therapy for sleep apnea, and Poquoson, VA dental sleep specialist Dr. William Harper can help. Learn more about the types of oral appliances for sleep apnea so you can work with Dr. Harper to find the best sleep apnea device for you.

How Do Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances Work?

Dr. Harper works with your sleep physician to coordinate a sleep study to determine the best treatment. If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, you may benefit from an oral appliance that has the same objective: keep the airway open during sleep.

A CPAP machine uses a constant airflow to open the airway and keep it open as the soft tissues collapse as you relax during sleep. An oral appliance gently repositions the jaw to relieve the pressure on the airway and keep it open, serving as a less invasive method to treat sleep apnea.

CPAP Doesn’t Work? Types of CPAP Machine Alternatives

an oral appliance should open the airway, relax the jaw muscles, and allow you to breathe comfortably throughout the night. There are many devices available, but we only choose to use the most effective for your needs.

Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions works with a range of vendors and will change our oral appliance options as the science and technology evolve. Our current offerings include:

  • Herbst Advance: This device is an FDA-approved mandibular adjustment device, which means that it gently repositions the jaw while you are asleep. It can be adjusted to maximize effectiveness and comfort so you don’t snore while sleeping.
  • Tap Adjustable Appliance: This treatment is similar to the Herbst advance and has been shown to be just as effective as CPAP therapy.
  • EMA Sleep Appliance: This appliance is easily adjustable by your dentist to reduce snoring and keep the airway open.

Free Sleep Apnea Consultation in Hampton Roads

Dr. William Harper at Coastal Virginia Sleep Solutions offers free sleep apnea consultations for your convenience. We strive to provide affordable sleep solutions in Poquoson Virginia, in the Hampton Roads area. Our team is focused on a collaborative approach with sleep medicine physicians to provide custom solutions. Give us a call at (757) 600-0861 today.