If you have sleep apnea, there are two commonly prescribed methods to help you stop snoring and improve your nighttime breathing: a CPAP machine or a sleep mouthguard. Both work by keeping your airway open. The CPAP uses a stream of pressurized air, while the mouthguard shifts your jaw into a position that clears the airway. At Weddell Dental, many patient select a sleep mouthguard instead of a CPAP to relieve their sleep apnea symptoms and get a good night’s rest.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Weddell, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, call us today at 952-679-1365. In the meantime, check out some of the reasons you might want a sleep mouthguard:
- No Uncomfortable Dry Mouth – While the air from a CPAP keeps your airway open, it also dries out your mouth and throat. With a sleep mouthguard, you won’t wake with your mouth uncomfortably dry.
- Less Distracting for You and Your Bed Partner – A sleep mouthguard simply slips inside your mouth much like an athletic mouthguard. There is no mask, tubing, or mechanical noise to bother you or your bed partner.
- Easy to Use – Unlike a CPAP, a mouthguard requires no electricity or batteries. Cleaning it is as simple as brushing it between uses when you brush your teeth.
- Travels Anywhere – A sleep mouthguard fits in a pocket, so it can go anywhere with you. You can use it when you’re flying on an airplane or camping out in a tent.
If you suspect you may have obstructive sleep apnea, call us today for an appointment in our Bloomington, MN office.