Using an oral appliance for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in Indianapolis, IN
Patients in Indianapolis, IN who have obstructive sleep apnea may also deal with disruptive snoring. When OSA is diagnosed, many physicians in the area will suggest the use of a CPAP machine for treatment.
What is CPAP?
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This is a device that is used with a face mask worn at night when a patient sleeps. It keeps the airways open with forced air, eliminating the risks that come with obstructive sleep apnea. At the same time, it can greatly reduce snoring, which is a sometimes-annoying side-effect of sleeping disorders such as this. While this treatment can be effective in reducing or eliminating the signs and symptoms of OSA, it is one that many patients avoid using. CPAP devices can be:
In many cases, patients stop using their CPAP machine, putting them at risk for a variety of health conditions associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
What is an alternative?
Patients seeking an alternative to their CPAP machine are welcome to visit us to learn about oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is the use of a specialized mouth guard designed to align the jaw and position the tongue, opening the airways in a more comfortable manner. Oral appliances are easier to clean and care for, as well as travel with, making them more ideal.
Are you annoyed with your CPAP machine?
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea who deal with chronic snoring are welcome to consider the benefits of switching to oral appliance therapy as an effective treatment alternative. Dr. Matthew Church of Washington Street Dentistry provides patients with an alternative to the cumbersome CPAP machine. Call the practice today at (317) 333-6788 or visit 10935 East Washington Street in Indianapolis, IN. We welcome new patients of all ages for dental health care.