Some Sleep Apnea Patients Can Swap CPAP for Mouthguards
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine, some obstructive sleep apnea patients can swap out their cumbersome CPAP machines for a mandibular advancement device (MAD).
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when soft tissues of the mouth and throat block normal airflow during sleep, resulting in decreased breathing or even periods when breathing stops. In mild cases, tiredness is the most common symptom. In severe cases, it can lead to more serious problems and may even cause premature death.
Although the best CPAP machines are incredibly helpful in treating this potentially deadly condition, some people find using the machine noisy and unpleasant. In some cases, patients quit using the device, potentially risking their lives in the process.
However, according to new research results, using a mouthpiece, such as a MAD, can be an excellent alternative for those who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.
In fact, a study published in Laryngoscope noted that two-thirds of patients who used an otolaryngologist-fitted mouthpiece found that not only did it help their sleep apnea, but it also improved their overall sleep quality.
All in all, the study found that using a MAD can be more comfortable and practical. Still, further research is needed before all OSA patients can stop using their CPAP machines.
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