If you wake up feeling almost as tired as when you turned in, you may have sleep apnea. This disorder keeps you from getting a good night’s rest. It also affects your overall health. Yet you may not be thrilled by the idea of using a CPAP. We don’t blame you! It can be tough to get used to this machine. Fortunately, you have the option of using a sleep mouthguard instead of a CPAP.
A mouthguard works best for mild or moderate cases of the sleep disorder. If you have severe obstructive sleep apnea, you may need a CPAP. The best way to explore your options is with a consultation at our Sioux Falls, SD office. Our dentists will discuss your symptoms and help arrange a sleep study, if needed. Call 605-250-4651 to schedule your consultation.
In the meantime, check out some advantages of a sleep apnea mouthguard:
More Comfortable for You
The CPAP works by sending a stream of air into your throat. This takes some getting used to, and it can result in a dry mouth and throat. You also may find wearing a mask uncomfortable. Wearing a sleep mouthguard is similar to wearing an athletic mouthguard. Most folks find it more comfortable than a CPAP.
Less Distracting for You & Your Bed Partner
The CPAP machine does make some noise, which can make it tough for light sleepers to rest. Plus, the mask and tubing can get in the way. The mouthguard is much less noticeable. It slips in and out with ease. You and your bed partner will barely be aware of it.
Easy to Use on the Road
Traveling with a mouthguard couldn’t be simpler. It fits in the palm of your hand. So it’s easy to tuck into a pocket or purse. It doesn’t require electricity, batteries, or the distilled water recommended by CPAP manufacturers.
When you clean a CPAP, you need to clean its tank, tubing, and mask. Not keeping it clean can result in respiratory problems and sinus infections. In contrast, you simply use a soft-bristled brush and mild soap to clean your mouthguard. You can easily add mouthguard care to your oral hygiene routine.
Think you might have sleep apnea? Whether or not you do, a mouthguard can stop snoring that affects your rest and bothers a bed partner. Call Sioux Falls Smiles at 605-250-4651 today for an appointment.