Are you searching for an alternative to CPAP machines? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. Many CPAP users often complain of trouble falling asleep, developing a leaky mask and having a dry nose. An oral device can be a great way of breaking free from these problems, and overcoming sleep apnoea.
Who can wear an oral device?
Most people with mild-to-moderate sleep apnoea can use an oral device as an alternative to CPAP. It’s usually most effective for people whose snoring is caused by a narrow airway or a tongue obstruction.
How does it work?
While a CPAP machine uses air pressure to force air through the breathing obstruction, an oral device repositions your jaw while you sleep. This opens your airway, and helps you breathe easily and quietly. Oral devices look like mouth guards – but they have an adjustable design that moves your lower jaw into the right position. Many people find them a good alternative to CPAP machines.
What are the benefits of using an oral device?
Lots! But let’s begin with:
1) It’s portable, and it doesn’t need electric. You won’t ever have to worry about power outages, or not being able to fit it in your suitcase when you travel. An oral device is compact, and can be stored in a small retainer case.
2) It’s much more comfortable than a CPAP mask. Most people get used to wearing an oral device within a couple of nights. But CPAP users can find wearing a mask with many hoses and wires attached quite difficult to manage while sleeping.
3) It’s not noisy. CPAP machines can often generate a lot of noise, which isn’t helpful if you’re already struggling to get a good night’s sleep. Oral devices are simply placed in your mouth, and no switches or wires are required.
4) You can open your mouth and drink while wearing it. This is impossible to do with a CPAP machine, because of the mask covering your face. With an oral device, you can still drink and even talk with it in.
It all comes down to comfort
The percentage of people who are prescribed CPAP and actually use it every single night is just 50%. This is largely because of the discomfort and noise of using a CPAP machine. An oral device is a great solution to this problem – it can be much more comfortable, and using a device consistently is the key to treating sleep apnoea.
If you’re suffering from sleep apnoea (or think you could be), it’s a good idea to visit your doctor as soon as possible. Finding the right snoring solution can help you feel like a new person. You’ll have more energy, sleep better, and you’ll feel more alert during the day. Your partner will also be able to get a good night’s sleep!