CPAP vs. Oral Device
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and it is considered the Gold Standard for treating sleep apnea symptoms. The patient sleeps with a facial mask hooked up to a machine that pumps air under pressure into your body (past any obstructions in your airway.) There is no question this is the tried-and-true method for treating Sleep Apnea.
That said, many patients cannot tolerate the CPAP machine – or find it too cumbersome – and seek oral device therapy as an easier, more comfortable solution. Clinical research proves the effectiveness of oral device therapy in treating Sleep Apnea. The benefits of oral devices are obvious – no machine at bedside or to carry while traveling; no claustrophobic mask; and no technology to “malfunction.”
Dr. Williams uses oral appliance therapy, an oral device which advances the lower jaw in a more forward position to prevent the tongue from blocking the main air passage. Many find it more comfortable to wear and more convenient to travel with than a CPAP machine and for some, it may help to avoid the CPAP mask and unwanted surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss “CPAP vs. Oral Device” with you, and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact Napa Valley Sleep Solutions today.