If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may have tried the CPAP machine to keep yourself breathing without interruption. But for many people, using these devices is difficult and many simply stop using them. If your CPAP machine isn’t working properly, then our Tampa, FL, sleep center can offer an alternative with an oral appliance.
The Downsides of CPAP
The CPAP machine helps people with sleep apnea breathe, as the disorder involves the soft tissues in the throat and the rear of the mouth, collapsing and cutting off airflow. You then stop breathing briefly until the brain registers the drop in oxygen and wakes you. These episodes could interrupt your sleep cycle and leave you exhausted, and also lead to impacts on your overall health and your quality of life. The CPAP machine involves wearing a mask over your nose and mouth, which is connected to a machine via a plastic hose, forcing air through your nose and mouth. While effective, it is loud, cumbersome, and difficult for people who sleep on their side to use. Which means many people simply forgo them to sleep better, even if the opposite is actually happening. Our team can offer an alternative with a sleep appliance.
Our Oral Appliance
Our team will gather detailed digital images of your mouth and oral structures from multiple angles, and use them to design and custom-fit your oral appliance. The device will look and fit like a mouthguard, but it shifts your jaw and tongue forward to keep airways open and free of obstruction. You breathe without interruption and avoid symptoms of sleep apnea, such as daytime drowsiness, irritability, chronic snaring, dry mouth, headaches, and trouble, focusing on tasks at work or school. The device is easy to clean and use, and can be stored easily. The appliance also travels easily too, so you can sleep better when out of town.
The Importance of Treating Sleep Apnea
When we don’t rest well, we have trouble focusing during the day. In addition, this could strain your immune system so you’re more vulnerable to illness. The stress on your heart health could mean a higher risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and heart attack. If you have any questions about how we diagnose and treat issues like sleep apnea, or if these symptoms sound familiar, then please reach out to our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Tampa, FL Treatment Office About CPAP Alternative
Our team wants to help you rest without difficulty by treating sleep apnea with a custom oral appliance! If you would like to learn more about our custom alternatives to the CPAP device, call our Tampa, FL treatment office today at (813) 640-4086.