Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses dental devices as an alternative to CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea.
Loading the player...Dental Device Treatment options for treating Sleep Apnea Paul Sweeney, RRT, discusses dental devices as an alternative to CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea.
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Featuring Paul Sweeney, RRT
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An alternative to CPAP is something called an oral appliance or a dental device.
And what this is is it's basically a mouthguard that your dentist produces, and it fits into your teeth and it basically pulls your lower jaw forward through a dental device that prevents your tongue and jaw from relaxing and blocking off the airway.
These devices tend to be predominantly used in more mild to moderate sleep apnea, or for those patients that have tried CPAP and it didn't work. They tend not to be as effective, but for the right client they can work quite well.
And they do tend to, for those patients where a dental device works, they tend to be more compliant with them than a conventional CPAP machine.
If you think that a dental device is something that you might benefit from, go to your family doctor or dentist that specializes in these types of device and talk to them about this type of therapy option.
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