CPAP Affects You & Your Relationship
At first, you were waking up in the middle of the night because of your loud, uncontrollable snoring. Now you’re waking up to the sounds of an electric machine that is constantly blowing air in your face. When will these interruptions stop? Sleep apnea doesn’t only impact you, but these disruptive noises can also greatly affect your sleeping partner.
Continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) masks use constant air flow to administer to sleep apnea patients while they sleep so they are capable of breathing regularly at night. This is the first treatment recommended by a physician and generally works. However, nearly half or more of sleep apnea suffers stop using their CPAP because they dislike its bulkiness, inability to take when traveling, loud noise, and intrusiveness while they sleep.
These inconveniences associated with CPAP machines have changed treatment for sleep apnea. Today there are smaller, custom-made dental mouthguards that are used to treat the condition. If you or your partner are having difficulty sleeping at night because of a CPAP machine, Dr. Ralhan recommends oral appliances as an effective, more tolerable solution.
Small, Convenient Oral Appliances
Oral appliances deliver results that our Oakville and Burlington patients can count on by helping them receive the desired sleep necessary to get through the next day. Many patients find that oral appliances are far less intrusive and more comfortable to wear than a conventional CPAP solution.
At Ralhan Dental, our dental devices are:
- Easy to use
- Don’t require electric power
- Can travel with you anywhere you go
- More affordable than CPAP
Your significant other won’t be awoken by your snoring or CPAP machine anymore. We offer a variety of oral appliances that we can tailor to meet your specific needs.
Mandibular Advancement Device
One of the most popular solutions used in sleep dentistry that we provide for our patients is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). “Mandible” means jawbone and “advancement” is the act of moving forward, so a MAD is a dental mouthpiece that works to move the jaw forward during a patient’s sleep.
Our custom-made devices are fit individually to your mouth so they can open your airway in order to diminish the restriction of your tongue, tonsils, or other soft tissues in the that that may be obstructing your breathing throughout sleep apnea episodes.
We use the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) for the lower jaw that has been specifically engineered to keep your airway open. The TAP allows our patients to adjust the device while being used and many have found it to be a satisfying relief for their sleep.
Tongue Retaining Device
The tongue retaining device (TRD) is another CPAP alternative available to treat your sleep apnea. It works by holding the tongue forward in your mouth, preventing it from blocking the airway while you sleep.
Unlike a MAD that moves your jaw forward, a TRD simply holds your tongue in place. This oral appliance is a great option for patients with enlarged tongues. Dr. Ralhan will work with you to find out if a TRD is the best solution for your sleep apnea.
Additional Alleviators for Sleep Apnea
Known to cause stress, irritability, and even depression, sleep apnea can be relieved through a variety of lifestyle changes and therapeutic exercises. For patients who are overweight or obese, you can reduce symptoms by dieting and exercising to lose the excess weight. Also, decreasing tobacco and alcohol intake can help you find relief from your sleep apnea.
Positional therapy can be helpful for a patient whose sleep apnea occurs when they’re sleeping on their back. A special device worn around your waist or back will help prevent you from rolling onto your back and keep you in a side position. For more severe cases, surgery is available which may be the best resolution to treat sleep apnea for some patients.
The Path to a Better Night’s Rest
Here at Rahlan Dental, we understand that finding the right solution for your sleep apnea can be challenging. We have a wide variety of treatments and are confident that we can find the one that works best for you.
During your visit at one of our conveniently located offices in Oakville and Burlington, Dr. Ralhan will examine your unique symptoms and work with you to find the CPAP alternative that is most compatible for you. Schedule your appointment at Ralhan Dental today.