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Don’t want a CPAP

I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea. My dentist expects me to wear a CPAP machine.  I’m still young and such a contraption is very unattractive, especially since I am a woman.  Isn’t there some other treatment for sleep apnea?

Virginia S. – Long Island, NY

Virginia,

I understand the desire to be attractive. That being said, breathing is quite important as well. I would venture to say more important that attractiveness.  Before you get too frustrated with my response, I will tell you that there is another alternative.

Sleep apnea can also be treated with a mandibular advancement appliance.  It is similar in structure and appearance to a mouthguard, which you will find much more discrete than a CPAP.

The effectiveness of either treatment, really depends on each individual case.  You can try the mandibular device and see how it works for you.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.

I hate my CPAP

I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given a cpap machine. Outside of sounding like Darth Vader, I cannot sleep with this machine on my face. Please tell me there is an alternative????!

Mark A. – Little Rock, AR

Mark,

Lucky for you there is. Sleep apnea is treatable and there are several types of treatments available.  Dr. Bader prefers to start with the most conservative treatment available.

Most people prefer a mandibular advancement appliance to a CPAP machine. Talk to your dentist and see if that gives you the help you need. If not, there are other treatments available as well. But, it’s always best to start with the most simple and least invasive.

This blog is brought to you by Newton, MA Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Bader.