Having a CPAP machine to control your sleep apnea can make a huge difference in your life, sleep quality, and overall health. However, it isn't always the most ideal way of treating sleep apnea. CPAP machines have plenty of disadvantages, but that doesn't mean you have to tolerate them. Here are some of the biggest CPAP machine problems that can be resolved with a simple dental sleep apnea appliance.
Depending on how you sleep, the noise of a CPAP machine may be something that you're able to completely ignore or something that drives you crazy. Chances are if you're sleeping in the same room as another person they can tell you all about what your CPAP machine sounds like. These devices tend to be very noisy, as they're constantly cycling air. Unfortunately, there's no real way around this with a CPAP machine.
Sleep apnea dental appliances, on the other hand, make no noise at all. Since there are no moving parts, the only thing you and those sleeping with you will hear is your healthy breathing.
CPAP machine users often experience dryness in their sinuses and their throats. CPAP machines blow air down your throat all night long in order to keep your airway open, but this can leave a person with a sore throat or even a hoarse voice. This can make it hard to get through your day, especially if it's a regular problem for you.
Dental appliances for sleep apnea don't rely on air to open your airway. Instead, they manually adjust the alignment of your jaw, which forces your airway to stay open on its own. As a result, you can breathe easily and you should experience far fewer sore throats after sleeping.
Lastly, CPAP machines can be fairly costly when it comes to electric use. Since they're used every single night for however long you sleep, the drain on your home's electricity can be fairly significant. Depending on where you live, there may also be higher prices for using electricity at certain times of the day or night. Unfortunately, unless you're willing to sleep around these times, shutting off a CPAP machine to save electricity isn't practical.
Thankfully, dental appliances don't use electricity at all. You don't need to worry about your electric bill, higher rates, or even having the power go out, because you'll have a non-electric solution for your sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea demands treatment and no one should feel like they have to go without their CPAP machine because it's making their lives more difficult. Instead, you should consider switching to a sleep apnea appliance. Talk to a dentist like those at Leidenheimer Dental Group Inc to find out more about these devices and to find out if they're right for your personal needs.