Enjoy Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Advantages in Novi

Not everyone needs a CPAP machine to treat their sleep apnea. And not everyone with sleep apnea can stand using their CPAP. At The Sleep Apnea Center of Novi, our treatment helps you get the care you need if CPAP is not a viable option for you. Instead of wearing an uncomfortable mask, you may be able to treat your obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. If you’re a good candidate, you can enjoy these sleep apnea oral appliance advantages in Novi and beyond:

  • You can treat your mild, moderate, or severe sleep apnea symptoms if you cannot tolerate CPAP.
  • You’ll experience quick improvement with many symptoms.
  • You don’t have to wear a mask over your face.
  • You won’t have to hear a noisy machine that keeps you and your household awake.
  • You don’t have to sleep near an outlet or mess with a cord or hose.
  • You’ll be able to sleep in any position.
  • You can wake up without a stuffy nose or sore throat often caused by a CPAP.
  • Your oral appliance will be easier to clean than a CPAP machine.
  • You can use it anywhere – on a plane, in a car, even sleeping in a tent.

To address all your questions about using an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea, call us today at 248-264-3922 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. James Ross.

Common Questions About Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Advantages

I move around a lot in my sleep; can I sleep with CPAP?

Moving may be a problem with a CPAP. A CPAP requires you to wear a face mask. The mask is attached to the machine by tubing. The mask and the tubing can restrict your movement. The mask can even become dislodged. If you’re an active sleeper, an oral appliance is probably a better choice for you. It fits easily into your mouth, similar to a sports mouthguard – so it won’t get in your way.

What CPAP machine is best for my bed partner?

If your partner is bothered by a face mask, you can try a CPAP with a less obtrusive mask. If noise from the CPAP is an issue, you can use longer tubing so you can keep your machine farther from the bed, ask your bed partner to wear earplugs, or try a white noise machine. Or you can use an oral appliance instead. Similar to an athletic mouthguard, it won’t bother those around you.

Does a CPAP require special care?

CPAP filters and tubing should be replaced regularly, as often as every six months. The machine itself should be replaced every five years or so. You will need to keep the components clean. Masks should be cleaned daily, while you’ll want to clean tubing every week. If your machine has a water chamber, use distilled water. It’s also a good idea to have the air pressure checked once a year. In contrast, an oral appliance is simpler to maintain.