Sleep apnea is a harmful condition that interrupts your breathing while you sleep. In addition to causing loud snoring, it can lead to weight gain, cardiovascular problems, and a variety of other health issues.
When a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, the first treatment typically recommended to them is a CPAP machine. This machine pumps a stream of continuous air into your lungs through a mask that’s worn over your face while you sleep.
Though CPAP treatment is effective when used properly, many patients find the mask too bulky and uncomfortable to sleep with. The machine also makes a loud noise and forces you to sleep on your back, resulting in a low compliance rate over time.
That’s why Dr. Pooja Goel offers customized oral appliances to treat snoring and sleep apnea at our practice.
An oral appliance is a small device that you wear overnight. It gently shifts your jaw forward to keep your airway open and allow you to breathe without interruption. It also holds your tongue in place to prevent it from collapsing and blocking your airway.
All of our appliances are customized to fit the unique shape of your bite. You may experience some mild discomfort for the first few days, but this will quickly fade as your mouth adjusts to the appliance. As a result, oral appliances are a much less invasive option than CPAP masks.
Oral appliances offer several unique benefits that CPAP can’t match, such as:
Though CPAP machines are effective when used properly, many patients find them too obtrusive to sleep with. The machine makes a loud noise, the mask is uncomfortable, and you’re forced to sleep on your back.
Oral appliances are a minimally-invasive alternative that Dr. Goel can customize to your jaw for maximum comfort. They’re also small, easily portable, and allow you to sleep in any position you like.
There are various types of oral appliances available and the best one for you could vary depending on your case. During your initial consultation, Dr. Goel will evaluate your symptoms and determine the best solution for you.
In most cases, yes! Snoring can be caused by a wide range of factors, some of which have no relation to sleep apnea. An oral appliance will help to reduce your snoring and improve your quality of sleep, regardless of whether you suffer from sleep apnea.
If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, don’t feel like you have to settle for CPAP. Oral appliance therapy offers a more comfortable and convenient alternative. Call one of our locations in San Jose or Santa Clara to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goel -- it’s your first step to getting quality sleep.
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