Dentist provided oral sleep machines are often offered as an alternative to CPAP. South Arlington based, Dental Excellence Integrative Center is just one local dentist offering such a device for their patients.
What Is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP machine is perhaps the most commonly utilized treatment option for patients suffering from sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea patients have trouble sleeping as their breathing often stops for seconds at a time while they try to get a good night sleep.
The CPAP machine works to regulate the breath during the sleep cycle in order to avoid any time without breath.
What Is an Oral Appliance?
Many dentists now offer an oral appliance as a viable alternative against the CPAP machine.
An oral appliance is a mouthpiece that fits over the teeth in order to control the airway while you sleep.
The travel-sized nature of these oral appliances are much more convenient than the cumbersome CPAP device.
They are also ideal for people who grind their teeth at night.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Did you know that over 22 million Americans are currently suffering from sleep apnea?
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may want to speak with your dentist as you might have sleep apnea:
- You sleep 7-9 hours and still feel tired during the day
- Waking up at night gasping for air
- Headaches in the morning
- Tiredness while driving
Your dentist will be able to test and diagnose to see if you have sleep apnea, and if you might benefit from an oral appliance.
Alternative to CPAP South Arlington
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, or if you currently have sleep apnea and are interested in your treatment options, the professionals at Dental Excellence Integrative Center are here to help.
To schedule your next appointment at Dental Excellence Integrative Center, call us today at (703)745-5946.