Snoring isn’t just an annoying habit. It can adversely affect your health if it’s a sign of sleep apnea. The disorder can cause fatigue, headaches, high blood pressure, and more. Dr. LoCascio, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, has helped many patients using a sleep appliance instead of a CPAP.
Both an appliance and a CPAP treat sleep apnea by keeping your airway open so you can breathe easily throughout the night. The CPAP does so by sending a stream of pressurized air into your nose and/or throat. The appliance eases your jaw forward into a position that helps you breathe comfortably.
- Simple to Use – A CPAP requires batteries or electricity to keep it running and distilled water to keep your machine in good shape. In contrast, using a sleep appliance is as simple as inserting into your mouth before you turn in for the night. It’s also easier to keep an appliance clean.
- Less Distracting – A CPAP’s mask and tubing can be difficult for you and your bed partner to get used to. A CPAP also produces noise that some people find distracting. With your appliance in your mouth, your loved one may not even notice it.
- More Comfortable – While the air from a CPAP keeps your airway clear, it can also dry out your mouth and throat. You won’t experience that discomfort with an appliance.
- Can Use It Anywhere – It’s just not practical to use a CPAP in certain situations, such as long flights or while camping. But you can take a sleep appliance with you anywhere. It’s so small, it fits into your hand. So it’s easy to transport.