An Alternative to CPAP is an FDA-Approved sleep apnea oral appliance. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved as many as sixteen oral appliances for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. The device goes by other names, including a mandibular advancement device (MAD) or simply, a mouthpiece. Oral appliances have become one of the most popular and effective solutions for treating obstructive sleep apnea, particularly in light of the high percentage of people who are unsuccessful with their CPAP.
Looking similar to a mouth guard worn by football players, an oral appliance is used during bedtime. By manipulating your lower jaw forward and down, it works by widening the throat and thereby increasing size of your airway. It is highly effective for people who snore heavily and sleep on their back.
While there are many oral devices on the market, the TAP® mouthpieces stands out from the crowd. There are several reasons why this dental device has a 96% success rate.
Multiple clinical studies have shown that TAP® was the most effective oral appliance at treating severe cases of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. According to a study made by Aarnoud Hoekema comparing a TAP® device to CPAP, the device performed slightly better in the treatment of mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The CPAP was more effective in the treatment of severe cases. In another of Hoekema’s sutdies, “no significant difference was found between oral appliance therapy and CPAP in treating mild to severe OSAS [Obstructive Sleep apnea Snoring] in a 2-year follow-up.” The list of studies supporting the success of this robust dental appliance is long and impressive.
Using these appliances not only has the potential to alleviate the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea, but also improve the quality of life by reducing health risk factors and improving overall health. To find out more about oral appliances, contact the Kentuckiana Dental Sleep Group today.