Our experienced dentist, Dr. Chetan Parikh, is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. He specializes in creating comfortable, convenient oral appliances and CPAP alternatives for patients who suffer from sleep apnea and snoring. These appliances are worn only while you are asleep to open your airway and prevent sleep apnea and snoring.
One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP treatment. A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine delivers slightly pressurize air into your airways through a facemask that often covers both the nose and the mouth. The pressurized air that comes in from the hose helps acts as a sort of splint that keeps your airway open and helps you sleep soundly.
While CPAP is a common treatment, many patients find that they are intolerant to it. Some of the most common reasons for CPAP intolerance include:
– Leaking masks
– Feelings of claustrophobia
– Uncomfortable headgear or mask straps
– Latex allergies
– Disruptive noises from the CPAP machine, preventing sound sleep
– Restrictive movements due to connective wires and tubes
While CPAP treatments have improved over time, they can still prove to be ineffective for many patients. At our practice, we offer oral appliance therapy, or OAT, as an alternative to CPAP treatments. These oral appliances are customized mouthpieces that are worn at night; they help keep the lower jaw forward to provide more room for the soft tissues of the throat, and to open up the airway.
There are a wide range of oral appliances available for patients who have sleep apnea, and our dentist can help find the one that works best for your unique condition. In addition to providing treatment options for CPAP-intolerant patients, OAT offers several benefits, including:
– They are covered by most medical insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid
– Small, convenient size
– Allows you to sleep in any position
– Can eat and speak comfortably while wearing them
– Make no noise, allowing you to get a good night’s rest
– Comfortable and easy to carry, making it portable
– Discreet with no masks, wires, or noise
– Highest approval rating from patients
– One-year warranty included
– Three months of follow-up treatments included
These dental sleep appliances are great alternatives to CPAP treatment that involve zero tubes, masks, or electricity. Our CPAP alternatives are here to help you and prevent any unnecessary relationship or health problems that can result from snoring or sleep apnea.
If you are interested in learning more about CPAP alternatives and oral sleep appliances, please contact our office today. We would be happy to schedule your consultation with our dentist, Dr. Chetan Parikh, so that you can discover how CPAP alternatives can ease the effects of sleep apnea and snoring today. Please contact us at 301.235.9450 to schedule your appointment.