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Need A Better Way To Control Your Sleep Apnea? Why You Should Talk To Your Dentist About Sleep Apnea Dental Appliances

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you might want to talk to your dentist. While the CPAP machine can provide you with relief from your symptoms, a dental appliance may be the better option for you. You might not realize this, but dental appliances can be very successful in eliminating the disruption in breathing that sleep apnea presents. Sleep apnea appliances do that by holding your jaw in a position that prevents your airway from being obstructed. Here are just four of the reasons why a sleep apnea appliance from your dentist may provide you with better relief.

No Bulky Masks to Wear

When you use a CPAP machine, you're required to wear a bulky mask whenever you go to sleep. The masks are held in place by a tight harness that fits around your head, and can be quite uncomfortable. However, a sleep apnea dental appliance fits right in your mouth; you'll be able to sleep comfortably, without the bulky mask on your face.

No More Dry, Itchy Nose

One of the problems with the CPAP machine is that it can dry out your nasal passages. You'll awake in the morning with a dry, itchy nose. Not only that but because your nose is so dried and irritated, you may experience more frequent nosebleeds. Because sleep apnea dental appliances don't go over your nose, you won't need to deal with the dryness or the itchiness. You also won't need to deal with the frequent nosebleeds.

No Tubes to Get Tangled In

When you're attached to the CPAP machine, you'll have several tubes and cords running from your face mask to the machine. Unfortunately, it's very easy to get tangled up while you're asleep, especially if you're an active sleeper. Not only does that make for an uncomfortable night sleep, but it can also be a safety hazard. This is particularly true if your head or neck gets tangled in the tubes and cords. With sleep apnea dental appliances, there are no tubes or cords to get tangled in.

No Bulky Equipment to Carry Around

If you use a CPAP machine, and you're going to be traveling, you'll need to worry about packing up the equipment. You'll be carrying your machine wherever you go. Luckily, when you use a sleep apnea dental appliance, you won't need to worry about the bulky equipment. You'll just need to remember to pack your dental appliance, which will fit in a small carrying case.