The most common cause of sleep apnea is a blockage in the upper respiratory airway during sleep, which results in shallow or paused breathing throughout the night. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause significant health complications, including heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The most common treatment method is a breathing device called a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, but due to the CPAP machine’s shortcomings, alternatives like SomnoDent are growing in popularity among patients.
CPAP machines are commonly used to treat sleep apnea by opening up airways, making it easier for patients to breathe at night. CPAP machines are somewhat clunky and must be worn over the nose and mouth, which many patients find to be uncomfortable. The device can only be worn in certain sleeping positions to completely work. Although CPAP machines are generally effective, patients report mixed results because of the discomfort they cause. For years, CPAP was the only treatment option for sleep apnea sufferers.
Many patients who didn’t have positive results with CPAP machines have preferred alternative dental devices like SomnoDent. This mandibular advancement device is worn on the upper and lower jaw and looks similar to a sports mouth guard or retainer. SomnoDent comfortably extends the jaw forward to help open the breathing passage. According to a 2001 study by the Centre for Sleep Disorders and Respiratory Failure at St. George Hospital in Sydney, Australia, more than 90% of patients studied found that mandibular advancement devices for sleep apnea improved the quality of their sleep, and 96% reported improvement in their symptoms.
SomnoDent offers patients another effective way to treat the symptoms of sleep apnea, including snoring and fatigue. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and doesn’t cause some of the side effects frequently experienced by CPAP users, such as runny noses and eye irritation. SomnoDent is a viable alternative to CPAP machines for patients who are looking for a good night’s sleep.
While CPAP machines work well for many patients, others find that SomnoDent is less disruptive to their sleep and more effective in treating their symptoms. At Denver Dentistry, we can provide patients with whichever option helps them start each morning feeling alert, energetic, and well-rested. When you visit us for an appointment, you can discuss your symptoms with our sleep apnea dentists who may recommend a sleep study or treatment plan to improve your sleep and health. To request an appointment, call Denver Dentistry today at 303.720.7814 or fill out our online form.