Last week, we looked at oral appliances and how they can address sleep apnea (OSA). Today. We’re going to look at another common treatment option to help stop sleep apnea symptoms. Will you sleep better with a CPAP machine? How does this device work and how does it differ from an oral appliance?
Try Our Quiz on CPAP Machines
- True or False: A CPAP machine ensures you breathe easily.
- True or False: We may combine treatment with an oral appliance.
- True or False: Daytime exhaustion could be a warning sign of OSA.
- True or False: Without treatment, serious complications can arise.
- True. The CPAP machine forces air through your nose and mouth while you sleep, ensuring uninterrupted breathing and preventing apneic episodes. The patient wears a mask over the nose and mouth. A hose connects the mask to a machine that pumps air.
- True. Even if you use a CPAP machine, we may still recommend an oral appliance. Worn at night, the appliance repositions the jaw, moving it forward just enough to prevent the collapse of soft tissues. When worn with the CPAP machine, the patient has a two-pronged defense against sleep apnea episodes.
- True. When do you need the CPAP machine? Well, you should consider taking a sleeping assessment and seeing your dentist if you often feel exhausted during the day, wake up suddenly gasping for air or choking, snore frequently, have persistent dry mouth, or experience unusual moodiness. These are often indicators of sleep deprivation brought on by sleep apnea.
- True. Over time, OSA can lead to a greater risk of depression, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.
Interested in Treatment Using the CPAP Machine?
At James Stewart, DDS, we can address your OSA and help you sleep comfortably and without interruption. Dr. Stewart and our compassionate staff serve patients of all ages from Livonia, MI, as well as Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.