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One of the most common treatments of sleep apnea currently is the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, but these machines are not the only way to treat sleep apnea. At Reed Orthodontics, we offer Oral Appliance Therapy as a comfortable and affordable alternative to CPAP machines.
While CPAP machines are effective, they have their downsides. A CPAP machine is basically an air compressor that pushes air into the patient’s breathing passages, and the pressure prevents the airways from collapsing during sleep. The patient needs to wear a mask over their nose and mouth throughout the night, and a tube runs from the mask to a machine kept on the bedside floor.
Many patients don’t like wearing the mask, finding it uncomfortable or difficult to sleep with, and the machines can be noisy too. Many patients who are prescribed CPAP machines end up not using them. The machines can also be expensive, averaging around $800.
On the other hand, Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) that we provide at Reed Orthodontics doesn’t involve masks, tubes, and machinery. Instead, we outfit patients with customized oral airway dilators. These appliances, worn like a retainer or mouth guard, exert gentle pressure on the tongue so it won’t fall back and obstruct or completely block air passageways.
OAT is comfortable and silent, and also it’s portable and easy to travel with. OAT may not be the right solution for every case of sleep apnea, but many patients find it a much better alternative to CPAP machines.