CPAP vs. Oral Appliance

Do you yawn a lot throughout your day? Do you find yourself struggling to stay awake during menial tasks? If you have a loud snore or find yourself awake because of an unexplained cough throughout the night, you may be at risk of having sleep apnea and need to be tested.

Why Treat Sleep Apnea?

Heavy snoring, especially if coinciding with a choking or gasping feeling, can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea.

This lack of a full sleep cycle leads to day-time symptoms like exhaustion, issues with memory loss, trouble concentrating, and general irritability. More serious health complications can stem from untreated sleep apnea, including cardiovascular issues.

You may already have been diagnosed with sleep apnea but aren’t sure what to do or don’t like the treatment options you’ve been given. At Dr Cluff’s office, we have the staff trained to go over treatment options once you are recommended an Oral Appliance from your sleep doctor. We want you to sleep better and get your health back on track!

Oral Appliance

Fortunately, obstructive sleep apnea is often easily treatable with an oral appliance.
With many years of experience, Dr Cluff and staff will produce the most comfortable oral appliance to help you have a restful night and overcome sleep apnea. The Oral Appliance Therapy uses a device that helps open your airway by gently moving the bottom of your jaw forward and holding the position.

If you come into our office and are diagnosed with sleep apnea, we will take impressions of your teeth to create a mold. This allows us to make a custom oral appliance that will comfortably fit in your mouth. Custom oral appliances give you better results at night than an appliance from the drug store would give you.

CPAP Machine

Many patients prefer the device over the CPAP machine for several reasons.
The CPAP machine can be noisy at night, which means light sleepers still might not sleep well. This treatment can also be uncomfortable, and it limits mobility, forcing a patient to stay in one position all night.

CPAP machines are also more difficult to clean. In order to get a deep cleaning, patients may need to purchase specialized equipment that can clean inside the tubing.

While a CPAP machine may be necessary in some cases, we have found that many of our sleep apnea patients prefer the oral appliance and are often more willing to wear the device than a CPAP machine at night.

Feeling sleepy? Call Us Today!

For answers to any question about Oral Appliance Therapy and how it can help you, call for a complimentary consultation at Sleep Well San Diego today!