CPAP vs. Oral Appliance

Obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most common type. Airways relax. Passages close. Breathing stops.

Fortunately, both the CPAP and the sleep apnea appliance effectively combat this, though in very different ways.

The CPAP Machine

The CPAP is an air pump attached to a face mask. While worn at night, it gently pumps air into the throat. The increased pressure keeps airways clear and breathing smooth.

This may sound intrusive, but new CPAP machines are very quiet. They have even been proven to help patients feel better after just one night of treatment.

There are several advantages to choosing the CPAP treatment. To start with, it not only keeps airways open, but normalizes the oxygen levels in the blood stream. The health benefits to having the proper amount of oxygen are innumerable.

The CPAP also ends chronic snoring. Your passages will be less inflamed, your breathing will be more consistent, and you won’t be the only one sleeping without interruption.

The CPAP machine is widely considered to be the number one most effective treatment available for obstructive sleep apnea.

Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are very much like a custom-molded mouth guard. They are designed to keep the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward, which prevents airways from collapsing.

While an oral appliance will only work for some types of apnea, it has several distinct advantages over the CPAP.

The appliance is small. It can be kept in a case much like a retainer, making it easy to bring anywhere—including airport security. It won’t be a hassle for vacations, family reunions, or business trips. The small size and simple nature also make it easy to clean and maintain. You don’t have to be an IT expert to keep it in good condition. No batteries. No electricity. No noise. Just open airways and easy breathing.

Safeguard Your Sleep

Sleep is vital to everyone. Without it, we are at risk for a number of serious problems. Deciding to improve your sleep is the first step to a healthier life.

But no two people are the same, and neither are their needs. With so many factors to consider, making this choice can be overwhelming. Let us help you. Contact Sleep Easy CNY today.