Snoring can do more than make it tough for you – and members of your household – to get a good night’s rest. It can indicate you have sleep apnea, a condition that causes you to briefly stop breathing many times throughout the night. It has also been linked to high blood pressure and many other adverse health effects. Two common ways of treating it are with a CPAP or a sleep mouthguard.
Both allow you to breathe easily throughout the night by keeping your airway unobstructed. The CPAP does this with a stream of pressurized air you inhale through a mask, while the mouthguard simply shifts your jaw into a position that keeps your airway clear.
Whether or not you have sleep apnea, a mouthguard will stop you from snoring. Dr. Barfield can fit you for a custom-made mouthguard, a method that many of our patients have used with success.
To see if you need sleep apnea treatment, call us today at 972-380-8105 to schedule a consultation in our Plano, TX office.
In the meantime, see some reasons many of our patients prefer to use a sleep mouthguard instead of a CPAP:
- Greater Comfort – A CPAP covers part of your face with a mask, which is connected by tubing to a machine. This can make it tough to settle down and get to sleep. In contrast, a sleep mouthguard fits comfortably in your mouth, much like a sports mouthguard.
- Less Distracting – A CPAP’s mask can also be distracting to your bed partner. Plus, the machine makes noise that can bother light sleepers. A mouthguard is so unobtrusive, your partner may not even notice it.
- Easy to Use on the Road – A mouthguard fits easily in the palm of your hand. Its small size makes it easy to take anywhere. You can sleep with it in a car or on a plane, even in a tent.
- No Special Supplies Needed – A CPAP requires water – with manufacturers recommending distilled water – and a power source (batteries or electricity). Using a mouthguard is as simple as popping it into your mouth.
To make your appointment at 1st in Smiles, call us now at 972-380-8105.