We recently found out that CPAP machines manufactured by Phillips have been recalled, and replacements are close to a year out. That is not good news for sleep apnea patients who rely on their CPAP machines for treatment. But there is good news. For those who qualify, oral appliance therapy is a great alternative to CPAP machine treatment. This alternative can be offered in a shorter time frame and is even more portable for travel.
Here is what you need to know.
What is oral appliance therapy?
The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has stated that oral appliance therapy is a recommended form of treatment for adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who are CPAP intolerant or prefer an alternate therapy option.
While CPAP therapy is still the first-line option for treating OSA, oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative that is preferred by many patients. Despite the fact that treatment with a CPAP machine is extremely successful, there are a number of patients who cannot or choose not to wear the facemask with the attached air compressor.
What are the benefits of oral appliance therapy?
One of the leading benefits of oral appliance therapy is the increased mobility. Oral appliance therapy is extremely convenient and comfortable. Imagine traveling with a CPAP machine. Where do you store it? Do you have to pay extra for a carry-on? We understand that you need an option that is less intrusive, which is where an oral appliance comes into the picture.
Oral appliances come in handy when it comes to the need for mobility. Overall, these devices tend to be more economical and are generally a lot easier to tolerate and use. Still, there is no one-size-fits-all scenario, and oral appliances work well by themselves in combination with other therapies.
Contact us at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea.