For many years, the CPAP, also known as “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure,” has been the gold standard for treating obstructive sleep apnea. The problem is that compliance with CPAP therapy is very low. Some of the range of reasons are the noise of the machine, the mask is uncomfortable or slips all over the face, condensation in the mask that causes moisture to run up the nose, the hose and trying to move with it at night, and the feelings of claustrophobia. These problems have caused many to throw the CPAP machine into the closet or just store it under the bed. Whatever the reason, not getting treatment will lead to not only getting enough rest, but also other health problems that could be life threatening.
It’s Time To Get M.A.D.
That’s right…it’s time to get M.A.D. What do we mean. There is a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea that much of the public still doesn’t know is available. They have seen forms of it on television with some of the cheap “boil and bites.” These are the stop snoring mouth pieces you have seen where you boil it in hot water and then bite down on it. To be perfectly honest, these devices are not very effective and leave most people disappointed. That’s why you need to get M.A.D.
Oral Appliance Therapy
The most effective way to treat sleep apnea for those that can’t or want wear the CPAP is what is called a “Mandibular Advancement Device” or M.A.D. This device is a custom made device that fits comfortably in your mouth and you can talk through it, drink water through it and sleep all night without hoses, electricity, mask and condensation. It really is a total freedom sleep solution that can give you your life back.
It begins with you bringing your sleep study into our office in which Dr. Parmar will go over it with you and then consult with you about if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy or not. Once you determine to move forward with getting the device, impressions of your teeth and bite are made in order to have the device custom manufactured just for you. A picture of one of these types of devices made by “Somnomed” is on this page. Other brands include the TAP 3 and the SUAD.
Once the device is made and is returned to our office, you will then come in and the process of getting it to fit perfectly for you begins. The way the device works is adjustments are made to it that advances the lower jaw forward so that your airway stays open when you are sleeping. This prevents the soft tissue of the throat from falling back and obstructing your airway. By opening the airway, it also stops the vibration of the soft tissue that causes the sound we know as snoring.
The Cost of Oral Appliance Therapy Versus CPAP Therapy
CPAP machines range in price from about $800 and up. The cost depends mostly on the features of the CPAP and the types of mask you choose to have. You also have maintenance and up keep on the CPAP that you don’t have on the Oral Appliance. For instance, you have to replace hoses, mask, filters and head straps. These are on going expenses that add up over time making CPAP therapy expensive over the long haul.
Oral appliance therapy pricing varies and depends on what brand of device is right for you. We are determined in our office to provide you with the device that will make the most difference in your sleep and in your life. That is one reason why having a certified sleep dentist with a lot of experience is very helpful. When you come into our office, we will go over the expense and explain what is involved.
If you are non-compliant with CPAP therapy, then there really is no cost comparison when it comes to the severe health problems you will have that will end up costing you thousands of dollars if your sleep apnea is left untreated. When you think about the cost of medications and having to take them for things like diabetes and high blood pressure, the expense of getting an Oral Appliance is very low. Our health is not only important to us be to our family and friends that love us.
If you have a CPAP or been prescribed a CPAP and you are non-compliant with treatment, call our office today at 443-535-6989 to set up a consultation with Dr. Parmar. She has received the “Distinguished Dental Sleep Physician Mastery Award.” Your health is her priority.