How is a CPAP Used to Treat Sleep Apnea?
If you (or your sleep partner) have been struggling with snoring or other sleeping disorders, you may be wondering how is a CPAP used to treat sleep apnea, and can it help.
To first explain how CPAP treats sleep apnea, it’s important to understand what causes these types of sleeping disorders. One of the most common forms that we see in our patients is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.) This type of sleep problem is due to the airway becoming blocked when you lay back.
Wearing a CPAP machine uses continuous pressure to physically force air through the airway and into your lungs. No, it doesn’t sound comfortable or quiet, but for many people it’s the only option they know of that exists.
CPAP Alternatives for People with Sleep Apnea
Fortunately, sleep experts have discovered that there’s a way to naturally open the airway, instead of forcing oxygen into it. Custom oral sleep appliances such as the ones used by our sleep apnea dentist in Ventura guide the lower jaw forward, preventing the soft tissues from closing against each other at the back of the throat.
Oral sleep appliances are generally more comfortable to wear than CPAP, because there are no cumbersome hoses or noisy machines involved. They’re also easier to travel with and keep clean. The small mouthpiece makes it easier to lay in different positions — such as on your side or stomach — which aren’t possible with CPAP equipment. Not only do our Ventura sleep apnea patients love the flexibility of a custom mouthpiece, their sleep partners do as well!
What’s Involved in Treatment for a Sleeping Disorder?
Most people go straight to their doctor, assuming that CPAP treatment is their only option for managing apnea. But if you suffer from snoring or OSA, a call to the dentist is a great place to start. You may even be able to use a take-home sleep study kit, so that you don’t have to visit an overnight sleep lap. After the data is read by a specialist, we can determine the appropriate method of treatment.
Getting an oral appliance for sleeping is easy. All you need is an impression of your teeth. After creating a model of your oral anatomy, we work directly with the appliance manufacturer to create a custom mouthpiece that comfortably fits your upper and lower teeth. It may take a few adjustments to perfect the results, but most people see a significant difference in their quality of sleep within the first week.
Sleep Better After a Trip to the Dentist
If you’re CPAP intolerant or looking for an alternative sleep apnea treatment, it’s time to ask your dentist and sleep physician to work together! Dr. David Satnick is happy to guide you through the process, even if you haven’t already had a sleep study or are seeing a sleep specialist. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our Ventura office.
Sleep Apnea is a serious thing. Trust the best sleep apnea dentist in Ventura.
Call Dr. David Satnick, DDM today, 805.639.3050 or Schedule an appointment as soon as possible.