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Are you one of the estimated 22 million Americans that are affected by sleep apnea? Many people avoid seeking help for their obstructive sleep apnea because they think a CPAP machine is their only option. Dr. Brian Devine, an airway-centric dentist in Nashville, wants you to know about alternative treatment methods for sleep apnea.
CPAP isn’t for everyone
Using a CPAP machine remains the most popular form of treatment for sleep apnea. Standing for continuous positive airway pressure, a CPAP machine is a device that attaches to a mask that is worn during sleep to deliver a constant flow of air through the airways. This helps maintain an open airway while sleeping.
CPAP machines work, but not everyone tolerates this therapy. In fact, a study released last year found that up to 83 percent of long-term CPAP users eventually become non-compliant. This means that they use the device for less than four hours a night or stop using it altogether. The most common reasons people can’t ever get used to wearing a CPAP device include chronic nasal congestion, skin irritation, pressure sores, and dry mouth. Long-term sinus infections or sore throat may develop as a result of using a CPAP. Many people who use a CPAP simply can’t sleep due to mask discomfort or difficulty tolerating the sensation of the forced air. The noise the CPAP machine emanates could keep you or your partner awake. Also, using a CPAP could hinder intimacy.
Why We Don’t Recommend the CPAP
At Devine Dentistry, we prefer not to use CPAP machines for our patients suffering from sleep apnea. We offer airway-centric dentistry in Nashville, which treats this disorder by addressing the airway obstruction. This is accomplished through the use of oral appliance therapy.
The Facts on Oral Appliance Therapy
If you choose to treat your sleep apnea in Nashville through oral appliance therapy, we will provide you with a unique mandibular advancement device. These mouthpieces are made from high-quality materials that make them superior to anti-snoring night guards you’ve seen in stores. We fabricate your sleep apnea oral appliance from unique impressions of your teeth and mouth. It will, when properly used, reposition your lower jaw to keep your airway open.
Non-Invasive Sleep Apnea Treatment In Nashville
Our solution addresses the airway obstruction, instead of forcing air into your airway. When you’re tired of cleaning your CPAP machine’s moisture-ridden complex parts and just want to get a good night’s sleep, don’t just ignore your sleep apnea. Ignoring your sleep apnea puts you at risk. Untreated sleep apnea increases your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cognitive impairment. If you or a member of your family show signs of sleep apnea or have been diagnosed by a sleep specialist, seek professional help right away. Contact the office of Devine Dentistry today at (615) 269-4209 to schedule an initial consultation.
Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral health care to patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville, Tennessee.