Do Dental Appliances Work for Sleep Apnea? Let’s Take a Look

Do Dental Appliances Work for Sleep Apnea?
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“Patients come into my office almost every day looking for a CPAP alternative that actually works.

As a dentist with years of experience treating sleep apnea through oral/dental appliances, I get it. CPAPs are not for everyone. Not to mention, many of my patients have said they can feel claustrophobic and can cause anxiety. Many more has said that they actually remove CPAP devices while sleeping without even realizing it.

So, do the alternative – custom-built dental appliances from a dentist – work for sleep apnea? Let’s take a look at the details. Then you can decide if a dental appliance is appropriate for treating your sleep apnea.”

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Dr. Curtis Westersund, DDS
Dentist Calgary
Offering snoring and sleep apnea treatments

Do Dental Appliances Work for Sleep Apnea?

A study in the European Respiratory Journal shows that dental appliances are as effective as CPAP treatment for moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These devices hold your airways open as you sleep. No loud motor, no mask, no air blowing on your face – just a simple mouthpiece.

The truth is sleep apnea treatment isn’t optional. Maybe you already tried CPAP and it just didn’t work for you. Maybe the idea of trying to sleep with a mask on your face already gives you panic attacks.

Nobody would blame you one bit, but it’s still vital to try every option out there. That’s why it’s so important to find a customized CPAP alternative that works, not including using sleeping pills to cope with CPAP hassle. Your life could depend on it.

If the situations below hit close to home, you might be a good candidate for a CPAP alternative like a custom build dental appliance/mouthpiece.

  • You wake up wondering who snuck into your room and removed your CPAP at night.
  • You’ve tried the CPAP for weeks – or months – and now miss even more precious sleep.
  • You have claustrophobia.
  • You have anxiety.
  • Your CPAP machine sounds like a freight train.
  • You take medications that make dry mouth worse.
  • You simply can’t manage the congestion and runny nose from the CPAP.
  • You need something to supplement your CPAP treatment.

Do dental appliances work for sleep apnea? The success rate in our office says so, but we won’t be able to determine if you can benefit from it unless you take home the MATRx plus sleep test

MATRx plus: A Test Specifically Designed to Determine the Effectiveness of Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Here’s the good news. You can take a comfortable – and accurate – home sleep test to figure out if a mouthpiece could work for you.

This diagnostic and “theragnostic” home sleep test, the MATRx plus, works effectively and quickly. We work with a certified sleep physician with the MATRx plus and we can agree that this sleep test can accurately tell us if you qualify to live CPAP-free and if you can use your dental appliance/mouthpiece to treat your sleep apnea.

The MATRx plus gives you a direct answer to the question “do dental appliances work for sleep apnea?” Other tests can’t do this. They’ll only tell you whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnea. They won’t tell you whether or not a dental appliance could effectively treat your obstructive sleep apnea. Click here if you would like to learn more about the predictive accuracy of MATRx plus.

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Our downtown Calgary office is one of only a handful of offices in the Calgary area that has a MATRx plus device, so you can take it home and use it in the comfort of your own bed.

Guess what? You only need to wear it for two nights. Afterwards, the sleep physician and Dr. Westersund will have all the data they need to confirm that you can use a dental appliance to treat your sleep apnea.

An Effective CPAP Alternative: What Are Your Options?

Let’s take a look at some of the CPAP alternative options we offer to our patients once it’s confirmed that they can be treated with an oral appliance.

Using cutting-edge technology we create customized devices for each patient. The special design moves your jawbone and tongue forward which helps keep your airways open while you sleep.

  • Micr02 Dental Sleep Appliance: Say hello to a minimalist sleep apnea treatment. Patients have great things to say about the Micr02 because it involves no bulky plastic pushing the tongue around.
  • Somnodent Dental Sleep Appliance: Our patients love this custom device because it’s comfortable and even stops them from grinding their teeth.

If you’re sick of having middle-school flashbacks every time you put on your CPAP headgear at night, then contact our Calgary office today for a consultation. We can go over your symptoms and talk about whether or not a dental appliance might work for you.

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