Posted On 11/3/2021 12:00:00 AM
by Bruce Kanehl
CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy has long been the tried-and-true treatment option for people who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea. The problem with CPAP therapy is that many patients find the device uncomfortable and stop the therapy after a short time. Since CPAP therapy is the most commonly prescribed solution for sleep apnea, many patients don’t know that alternative treatment options are available to help them. That said, you can breathe easy knowing that newer dental appliances are highly effective in treating sleep apnea.
Most cited reasons for people giving up on their CPAP machines include improper mask fittings, trouble falling asleep with the device on, and difficulty tolerating the forced air. Bite splints or mandibular advancing splints can offer a more comfortable and convenient treatment option for many individuals.
These devices, which are regularly and simply referred to as “oral appliances” or “mouthguards,” work by shifting and supporting your jaw to keep your airway open. When compared to CPAP machines, they provide significant advantages, including:
And because of their small and lightweight design, dental appliances are highly transportable, making them the ideal choice for people who love to travel.
Bite splints can be used in the treatment of sleep apnea and other dental conditions, too.
Some patients have reported that their bite splits interfere with other dental work like crowns. Still, with regular check-ups and adjustments, this convenient dental appliance can deliver relief and comfort most don’t get from a CPAP machine.
Dental appliances like bite splints are a proven treatment for patients who fail to comply with CPAP therapy and those with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The best way to find out if it’s the right way to treat your sleep apnea and snoring is to talk with your dentist.
Dr. Bruce Kanehl of the Kanehl Dental Group in Jacksonville, FL, is one of the area’s leading practitioners in sleep apnea splint therapy. He also specializes in cosmetic dentistry, TMJ treatment, and diabetic dentistry.
For more than 40 years, Dr. Kanehl has provided innovative sleep apnea solutions that help patients sleep better and improve their overall health. If you’re having difficulty with CPAP therapy or are seeking alternative sleep apnea treatment options, Dr. Kanehl will help you make the right treatment choice. To learn more, schedule a free sleep apnea consultation with us today.
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Sleep apnea can occur at any age, including in 20-year-olds. The good news is there are treatment alternatives to CPAP, including bite splints or other dental oral appliances to maintain an open airway while sleeping. Read on to learn more about sleep apnea and the treatment options offered by Dr. Bruce Kanehl.
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Dr. Kanehl is one of a select few in the Jacksonville area to be a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and to treat sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.