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Mouthpiece Vs CPAP Machine Considerations And Comparisons

A CPAP machine can revert or prevent serious consequences of obstructive sleep apnea. The treatment can help to protect you from several health risks such as heart diseases, diabetes or strokes among others. Meanwhile oral appliance therapy work in a similar way to snoring mouthpieces. They create a mechanical splint which props open the airway, so it does not collapse while sleeping, or they also reposition your jaw or tongue in such a way to create more space for unobstructed breathing while generating more patency of firmness in the tissues of the upper airway. If you want to know more about the advantages of using a mouthpiece device, feel free to go to this website.

Here are some of the cons and pros of using both CPAP machine and an oral appliance treatment device

CPAP pros and cons

CPAP is considered the gold standard for treating severe OSA, but people with mild to moderate cases prefer this method.

Pros:

  • Reimbursable through insurance
  • Noninvasive
  • Easy to clean
  • Effective at normalizing breathing to avoid sleep apnea
  • Added humidity makes this therapy comfortable for people that have allergies or suffer from dry nasal passages
  • Therapy can be started soon after your diagnosis
  • Multiple mask options allows the patient trial and error to find the right mask for them

Cons

  • Requires electricity and equipment that might complicate traveling
  • The machine makes noises
  • Can’t eat, talk or drink while using it
  • Some patients can’t tolerate this therapy
  • It does not cure snoring or sleep apnea; it only works when you use it at night

Sleep apnea oral appliances and mouthpieces pros and cons

In the case of OAT, wich includes both sleep apnea mouthpieces and oral appliances; there are similar advantages and disadvantages of both methods.

Pros

  • Noninvasive
  • Reimbursable through insurance
  • Mostly effective for milder OSA and snoring
  • Easy to clean
  • Noiseless
  • In some cases, users can talk, drink and eat while wearing it
  • This therapy is easy to wear and is considered more comfortable than CPAP
  • The use of it improves daytime sleepiness, blood pressure, driving performance and quality of life
  • Quick adjustment period for the user

Cons

Sometimes, the therapy can be uncomfortable to use and could cause dry mouth, mouth ulcers, excessive salivation, temporomandibular joint disorders, or loosening or repositioning of your teeth

  • For oral appliances, it’s only approved for mild to moderate OSA
  • For snoring mouthpieces, it’s only approved for the treatment of snoring
  • Does not cure sleep apnea or snoring
  •  There may be a delay to start using OAT while your device is being fabricated because it is custom made

The best therapy will always be what the patient is most likely to use. CPAP users swear by their masks and machines, while users of snoring mouthpieces or oral appliances prefer their options. However, treatments depend upon the patient circumstances and what their sleep physician recommends them. Finally, this video explains the whole process of sleep apnea and also how a mouthpiece or oral device function when you are asleep.