CPAP Alternatives in Tulsa, OK
At one time, the best way to treat sleep apnea was with a CPAP machine, but this option isn’t always effective. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and uses a steady flow of air to help patients breathe during sleep. For some patients, though, it can cause congestion, sore throat, dry mouth, conjunctivitis, and more.
Thankfully, CPAP isn’t the only treatment option anymore. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that people with mild or moderate sleep apnea can be treated first with an oral appliance effectively and patients with severe apnea can be treated with an oral appliance if they are intolerant to CPAP therapy. With an oral appliance designed exclusively for your mouth, we can help you sleep through the night with a minimal amount of snoring or waking up. Imagine you and your partner sleeping through the night and feeling more rested and alert the next day.
Custom Oral Appliances
Once Dr. Nauman has worked with you to design a treatment plan, she’ll collect information about your mouth and use that information to design your appliance. When your finished appliance is ready, all that’s left for us to do is make sure it fits properly and meet with you for follow-up visits. We will never put an appliance in your mouth and tell you, “Well, I hope it works out for you.” Our commitment is to complete care from the consult to several years post-treatment. Therefore, we follow up with our patients by having sleep studies done with the appliance in place to determine maximum effectiveness to reduce apnea.
Call Glisten Dental & Sleep Apnea Care to learn more about sleep apnea and treatment, or to schedule your consultation. Our Tulsa office is happy to provide oral appliance therapy to patients from Bixby, Sand Springs, Jenks, Sapulpa, Owasso, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Okmulgee, and all surrounding communities.
Custom Oral Appliance FAQs
If you are interested in getting a snore guard in Tulsa as an alternative to CPAP therapy, first you should take the time to learn everything you can about this form of treatment and what you can expect from it. Dr. Nauman will be glad to answer all of your questions before providing you with a customized oral appliance. To help you get a firm grasp of the basics, we’ve listed the answers to some common oral appliance questions below.
What Kinds of Oral Appliances Are There?
There are a variety of oral appliances to choose from, but they generally fall into one of two classifications: mandibular repositioning devices or tongue retaining devices. The former kind is designed to move the lower jaw forward and down slightly, which helps prevent the soft tissues in your mouth from blocking your airway. The latter type of oral appliance is meant to hold the tongue in place so that it doesn’t fall back on the throat. The kind of oral appliance you receive depends on the precise nature of your sleep apnea and your oral tissues.
What Advantages Do Oral Appliances Have?
Compared to a CPAP machine, an oral appliance is much easier to use. There’s no bulky electronic equipment to worry about, and the appliance won’t make any noise while it’s in use. It will also be personalized to fit perfectly on your teeth, making it much more comfortable than the mask used for CPAP. In general, oral appliances are much easier to travel with, as they are very small and can be placed in a purse or a piece of carry-on luggage. This means that you can sleep on the way to your destination while still adhering to your sleep apnea treatment.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Right for Me?
Oral appliance therapy is generally recommended for mild to moderate forms of obstructive sleep apnea. If your symptoms are particularly severe, however, CPAP therapy may be a better choice. There are also cases of patients using an oral appliance in conjunction with a CPAP machine. The effectiveness of any given form of sleep apnea treatment depends on the cause and complexity of the disorder. We’ll need you to undergo a sleep test first so that your sleep apnea can be thoroughly diagnosed before we recommend an oral appliance of any kind.
Does Oral Appliance Therapy Have Any Side Effects?
The side effects of oral appliance therapy may include excessive salivation and some discomfort while your mouth is still adjusting. Such symptoms will get better with time. If you notice excessive pain or any changes to your bite, let our team know immediately; we can examine your oral appliance to ensure that it has been designed properly and make adjustments if need be. We may arrange for a follow-up sleep test to evaluate the effectiveness of your oral appliance if there are any unexpected, concerning side effects.