Loud and frequent snoring can wreck your sleep – and your health too, if it’s a symptom of sleep apnea, a disorder characterized by frequent interruptions in breathing throughout the night. The good news is, we can help you stop snoring with a custom-made oral appliance – whether or not you have sleep apnea.
Many of our patients prefer an appliance to a CPAP, another common method of treating sleep disorders. They both work by keeping your airway open while you sleep. The CPAP sends a stream of pressurized air into your nose and/or throat for this purpose, while the appliance shifts your jaw into a position that keeps the airway clear.
To see which option would work best for you, contact Aberdeen Smiles at 605-277-9049 today to schedule a consultation. In the meantime, see some reasons are patients are happy with their oral appliances:
- No Mask to Distract – An oral appliance looks and feels a lot like a sports mouthguard. It’s pretty unobtrusive when it’s in your mouth. In contrast, it’s hard to ignore a CPAP’s mask and tubing. And it may take a while to get used to the noise the machine makes. Your and your bed partner will both be less distracted by an appliance.
- No Need for Special Supplies – You’ll need electricity or batteries to use your CPAP and distilled water to add moisture to the air you breathe in through the machine. CPAP manufacturers recommend using distilled water instead of tap water to keep mineral deposits from forming and affecting the machine’s performance.
- Comfortable – Even with added moisture, the air from a CPAP can dry out out your mouth and/or throat. An appliance won’t leave you uncomfortably thirsty when you wake up.
- Easy to Take With You Anywhere – The appliance’s small size makes it easy to travel with and use anyplace you go – even in cars or on airplanes.