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Sleep apnea is a significant health concern that impacts countless individuals. While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy has long been a standard treatment, many patients find it hard to tolerate. At Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions, we understand the challenges faced by CPAP users and are proud to offer a more comfortable and effective alternative: Oral Appliance Therapy.

The Challenges of CPAP Therapy

There are many grievances associated with trying to get a good night’s sleep while wearing a CPAP mask, including the following:

  • Discomfort and Claustrophobia: The CPAP mask, for many, can feel intrusive. Some patients experience claustrophobia or discomfort from the mask pressing against their face.
  • Noise: The CPAP machine, though quieter than earlier models, still produces a level of noise that can disrupt sleep – contrary to its very purpose.
  • Inconvenience for Travel: Transporting a CPAP machine, with its various components, can be cumbersome, especially for frequent travelers.
  • Dry, Irritated Skin: The continuous air can dry out the nasal passages and mouth, leading to irritation. Some users also suffer from skin irritation due to the mask.
  • Maintenance and Cleaning: Regular maintenance and thorough cleaning are essential for CPAP machines to ensure hygiene and proper functioning, which can be a tedious process.

Enter Oral Appliance Therapy

Recognizing the challenges of CPAP therapy, Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions offers an innovative solution: Oral Appliance Therapy. These are dental devices designed to combat snoring and airway obstruction by adjusting the jaw’s position, ensuring an open airway during sleep.

Benefits and Variants of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • Comfort: Unlike the often bulky CPAP masks, oral devices are more akin to dental mouthguards. They’re custom-made to fit the individual’s mouth, ensuring maximum comfort.
  • Ease of Use: There’s no machinery, no noise – just a simple dental appliance that can be slipped into the mouth before sleep.
  • Portability: Whether you’re a business traveler or vacation enthusiast, these oral devices are easy to carry, making them a traveler’s best friend.
  • Variety: We offer a broad range of devices, from straightforward mouthguard-like appliances to more advanced ones that can be adjusted to advance the lower jaw as required.
  • Effective: Multiple studies and countless testimonials from our patients highlight the effectiveness of oral appliance therapy in alleviating snoring and symptoms of sleep apnea.
  • Low Maintenance: Unlike CPAP machines, these dental devices require minimal maintenance, making them convenient for daily use.

Contact A Trusted Sleep Apnea Expert in Alexandria

While CPAP therapy remains a valuable tool in the fight against sleep apnea, it’s essential to recognize that one size does not fit all. For those who find CPAP challenging to tolerate, oral appliance therapy provides an effective, comfortable, and convenient alternative.

At Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions, our commitment is to offer tailored solutions that align with our patients’ unique needs. If you or a loved one struggles with CPAP or suffers from snoring and sleep apnea, we invite you to explore the benefits of oral appliance therapy.

Posted on behalf of Northern Virginia Sleep Solutions

1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone: (571) 290-7977

Monday, Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM