The Troubles With CPAP
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or use the restroom, but you decide to simply go back to sleep instead because you don’t feel like disconnecting your CPAP machine? You’re not the only one.
A continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machine is a highly effective solution for treating sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients simply stop using their CPAP machine because it’s such a hassle. To use CPAP, you have to fasten a mask to your face and wear it all night while it continuously blows warm air into the airway. CPAP is known to be noisy and uncomfortable and forces patients to sleep on their backs.
Dr. Hobbs wants to help our Longview patients discover an effective treatment that they won’t dread wearing at night. As an alternative to CPAP, Dr. Hobbs features oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy—Easy, Quiet, Unrestrained
An oral appliance, also known as mandibular advancement appliance or snore guard, is a small device that looks similar to a sports mouthguard. It works to clear any obstruction in the back of the throat by slightly moving your jaw forward. This opens up the airway, allowing you to breathe freely throughout the night.
Your oral appliance is custom-made to meet your individual needs, ensuring maximum comfort while you sleep. Unlike CPAP, oral appliances are quiet, so they won’t disturb you or your bed partner.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Dr. Hobbs wants you to experience the life-changing benefits that a custom oral appliance offers, including:
- Small, convenient, and portable
- Easy to use
- Improves your daytime mood
- Enjoy soundless sleep
- Feel refreshed when you wake up
- Enhances your quality of sleep
- Custom-made just for you
- An affordable alternative to CPAP
Additional Treatment Options
We understand that not every patient may find effectiveness in a CPAP machine or a custom oral appliance. If you struggle with sleep apnea, we recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle and practicing good habits to improve your well-being. These changes can make you less susceptible to your sleep apnea symptoms. This may include limiting your tobacco intake, cutting back on drinking, or eliminating the use of sedatives before bed.
Another proven effective way to minimize your sleep apnea symptoms is by eating better and losing weight. Being overweight or obese is a major risk factor for sleep apnea. Losing weight will significantly improve your sleep quality as well as enhance your overall health.
Dr. Hobbs may also recommend a variety of therapeutic activities to improve the quality of your sleep. This commonly involves alternative sleep positions. In many cases, sleeping on your side is the best as most sleep apnea episodes occur when sleeping on the back.
In certain cases, surgery may be recommended to reverse your sleep apnea. Surgery is used to correct a deviated septum or remove excess tissue that’s obstructing the airway. Some medication may be prescribed to help manage sleep apnea symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover oral appliances?
Most insurance companies will cover a portion of your expenses for an oral appliance. However, we do suggest contacting your provider for a more-in depth explanation of your coverage. We also offer flexible financing options for your convenience. If you have any questions or concerns about your insurance policy, contact our Longview office by calling (903) 686-9076, and one of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you.
Is sleep apnea curable?
In most situations, sleep apnea isn’t 100 percent curable. For the more extensive cases, surgery may be required to eliminate symptoms associated with sleep apnea. However, this is only used as a last resort. Luckily, Dr. Hobbs offers various options for treating sleep apnea before surgery is even considered.
If you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobbs. During this visit, he’ll examine your symptoms to determine whether or not a sleep study is necessary.
Is oral appliance therapy an effective sleep apnea solution?
Yes, oral appliance therapy can be an effective solution to snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances work by moving your lower jaw forward and preventing your tongue from falling backward, keeping your airway open while you sleep. However, in order to be effective, oral appliances must be customized specifically for your mouth.
Effectively Treat Your Sleep Apnea With Dr. Hobbs
Looking for a dentist in the Longview, TX area that can provide you with effective sleep apnea options that aren’t CPAP machines? At DentaCare Dental, Dr. Hobbs offers custom oral appliances as a CPAP alternative, so you can sleep comfortably once again. To learn if an oral appliance is the right solution for you, schedule an appointment by calling our practice at (903) 686-9076. You can also request an appointment by filling out our online contact form and one of our team members will get back to you shortly.