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CPAP vs oral appliances, which is better for me?

Ever found yourself not being able to sleep at night? You’re definitely not alone. Sleep apnea is a sneaky little condition that robs people of deep sleep. It’s like trying to find the light switch in the dark, and you just keep missing. But don’t beat yourself up about it, there’s a lot of options out there for you.

Thankfully, effective CPAP alternative treatments are available right here in Honolulu. With the help of knowledgeable professionals like Dr. Eugene Azuma of Azuma Dental, you can finally get the healing sleep your body craves.

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How Does CPAP Treat Sleep Apnea?

CPAP treats sleep apnea by using a mask to send a constant air flow, keeping airways open during sleep. This stops breathing pauses, reduces snoring, and improves sleep quality, helping you feel more rested and healthy.

Pros:

Opens airway: Think of CPAP as a bouncer standing in front of your airways all night long — no more blockages, no more snoring sounds.

Reduces snoring: Everyone knows what it feels like lying next to someone who snores louder than their alarm clock. It’s like finally turning off a lawnmower that’s been running all night.

Cons:

Can be uncomfortable: Wearing an accessory while going to bed? Definitely weird vibes.

Needs nightly use: Think about how annoyed you get when you wake up one day and forget to charge your phone. Now picture that but with not being able to breathe.

How does Oral Appliances treat sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea oral appliances treat sleep apnea by adjusting your jaw or tongue position to keep your airway open while you sleep. This reduces breathing pauses and snoring, improving sleep quality and daytime alertness.

Pros:

More comfortable: We think you get it! Your old helmet is now a comfy cap, and oh boy, it’s lightyears ahead of the past.

Easy to use: Mouthguard in. Nothing more, nothing less. Simple.

Cons:

May not be effective for severe cases: When there’s a pipe burst, tape isn’t going to help — it’ll just end up being a bigger mess.

Types Of Sleep Apnea

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA): Snoring so loud it shakes the house? That’s usually OSA — It happens when your throat muscles get too relaxed during sleep and block your airway. If we were to compare it to something, it would be throwing a party in your throat but nobody can get past the doorman.

Not exactly what you want to see every night, right?

Central Sleep Apnea: This kind is a bit sneakier. Imagine if your brain was planning on sending out invites to the muscles that help you breathe — but forgot. Breathing stops occur in this case because of miscommunication with the brain and not necessarily because of a blockage.

How can something as small as this cause such big problems?

Learn more about the signs & symptoms of sleep apnea here.

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Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances vs. CPAP: Which is Better?

They both have their uses but what if we told you that one treatment tackles things at the root? It’d be amazing not having to choose between either a mask or mouthpiece. Instead of just putting on a Band-Aid, why not just address the problem directly? Yeah, let’s do that instead!

What Are the New Sleep Apnea Treatments?

Have you heard about the Vivos System? It’s a brand-new approach to treating sleep apnea right here in Honolulu, HI. What makes it different? It’s all about getting to the heart of the problem. Instead of just dealing with symptoms night after night, Vivos treatment aims for a more permanent fix.

You wear a custom-designed oral mouth piece mainly at night (for 12-16 hours) that works to naturally expand your airway. That means better breathing, better sleeping and waking up feeling like a whole new you. No machines, no surgeries — just simple holistic improvement! How great does that sound?

Let’s dive deeper into making this conclusion breathe life into the hopes of those wrestling with sleep apnea, all while keeping it light and engaging.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Oral Appliances vs. CPAP Machines

How Long Does an Oral Appliance Last?

You’re probably wondering, “If I go with an oral appliance, how long before I need a new one?” Well with regular care and maintenance, these handy devices can last several years. Just like anything worth keeping, a little TLC goes a long way. So, you won’t have to worry about replacing it anytime soon.

Is CPAP Necessary?

This is something we hear often and honestly it really depends on how severe your sleep apnea is. For some people, CPAP is life changing and provides them with that constant airflow they need to keep the airway open all night. For others, especially those with milder cases — an oral appliance might be able to do the trick. Consult your dentist or sleep specialist who will be able to determine what works best for you!

Which is More Effective?

Ahh the million-dollar question! Is one really better than the other? The answer isn’t so straightforward because it can vary from person to person. Some people find tremendous relief with a CPAP machine whereas others prefer simplicity and comfort of an oral appliance. Talk with your dentist or sleep specialist who will be able to find the perfect fit for your specific needs and severity of sleep apnea.