CPAP machines have for years been considered the best treatment for people diagnosed with sleep apnea. But oral appliance therapy has come a long way. They are one of the available treatments at Poss Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN.
CPAP machines are still in use, and many people with sleep apnea swear by them. They require you to wear a mask over the nose, which is how they deliver the continuous air flow that makes them effective. Many people find them uncomfortable. Some say they actually take them off while they’re asleep, and others have found them so clunky they stop using them altogether.
Research has shown that oral appliances are very effective for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says they are comparable to CPAP in these cases.
They look a lot like an ordinary mouth guard, and work by repositioning the jaw to a more forward position. This moves the tongue forward, too, to help open your airway.
At Poss Sleep Apnea and TMJ Solutions in Brentwood TN, we provide oral appliances to those patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. The first step is an accurate diagnosis. From there we can develop a treatment plan. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!