From the most intensive sleep apnea treatments, like surgery, to the least intensive treatments, like losing weight and other lifestyles changes, there are a plethora of options for treating sleep apnea. The appropriate sleep apnea treatment for you will depend on several factors, including the severity of your sleep apnea, but for many people, there are several options to choose from. Today, our team would like to go over some of the benefits that come with treating your sleep apnea with a sleep apnea mouthpieces.
The fact of the matter is that BiPAP and CPAP therapy both come with noisy machines and lots of prohibitive tubing. This can make it difficult for some people to get to sleep, eliminating the entire point of sleep apnea treatment in the first place. But with a sleep apnea mouthpiece, you won’t have to worry about having any machinery or tubing to drag around with you. Not only does this make it easier to get the treatment you need, it also makes it easier to travel and get your treatment on the go.
CPAP compliance is remarkably low, and in our previous blog, we went over a few of the many reasons why people have trouble sticking with their CPAP therapy. Whether the mask irritates your skin, you can’t get used to the air pressure, the tubing gets in your way or you hate sleeping with a machine running, it’s important to find a treatment option that you will actually comply with — otherwise, what’s the point? One of the biggest benefits of a sleep apnea mouthpiece is that compliance rates are much higher.
Another big downside to traditional CPAP and BiPAP therapies is the costs associated with them. Not only do you have the buy the machine itself, but you have to buy a mask, tubing and all of the accessories you need to make getting your therapy more comfortable, like heated humidifiers, moisturizers, tubing management systems, etc. All of that can really add up, but with a CPAP mouthpieces, you only need to purchase one piece of equipment.
Maintenance and cleaning are essential for keeping your CPAP or BiPAP machine clean and free of bacteria. There are so many different components and accessories that come with CPAP therapy, and they all need to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. All of that maintenance can take up a lot of your time, but luckily, sleep apnea devices are much easier to clean and maintain.
While it’s true that there are many benefits to choosing a mouthpiece as your go-to sleep apnea solution, it’s not the right option for everyone. To learn more about sleep apnea devices, and to find out if a mouthpiece is the right treatment option for you, turn to Andrew S. Curry, D.D.S. Schedule your appointment online today.