Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Getting Used to Your Sleep Apnea Appliance

One of the best solutions for sleep apnea is an oral appliance. Oral appliances allow patients to sleep soundly, reducing the dangers of sleep apnea like snoring and insomnia. 

For many patients who suffer with sleep apnea, an oral appliance can help them avoid surgery or a CPAP machine. Oral appliances may take some getting used to, but the advantages are clear.

There are many options on the market for sleep apnea appliances, so getting the right one to reposition the jaw, tongue, soft palate and hyoid bone to keep your airway optimal is key. You may need to try more than one appliance to find the one that is right for you.

Even with the right appliance, you will need a customized fit by getting the proper adjustment. For some patients, oral appliances can cause stress to the jaw and teeth. These problems should be resolved with a readjustment of the oral appliance.

Oral appliances generally take some getting used to, and you may need a few adjustments, but with the right appliance, the benefits include:
  • Better, sound sleep that helps you wake refreshed and ready to tackle your day
  • Improved mental state without the fog of sleep apnea
  • Better overall health with reduced risks of high blood pressure and stroke
  • Improvement or elimination of snoring

To find out more about oral appliances and how the right one might work for you, please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to speak to a local specialist.

posted by Admin at 9:00 AM