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The Different Options for Sleep Apnea Devices

For those with sleep apnea, nothing can be worse than struggling with your sleep night after night. Luckily, however, there are many sleep apnea devices available on the market that can help combat your breathing problems while you are sleeping. Most of these devices are much more effective at treating sleep apnea that either medication or surgery, both of which should only be used as a last resort.



When it comes to devices for sleep apnea, there are several different options. Of course, choosing the correct sleep apnea device depends entirely on how you sleep and the severity of your apnea. Below you will find a list of the most common sleep apnea devices to help you decide which is the best option for treating your sleeping problems. For those who are diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, the best and sometimes only option for treatment is the use of a CPAP machine (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).

This device forces a constant stream of air through the throat and nasal passages to allow a person to keep breathing throughout the night. As sleep apnea is normally caused by restriction of these passageways, the CPAP machine forces air through the constricted airways allowing a person to stay asleep and maintain normal blood oxygen levels throughout the entire night. 

sleep apnea devicesThe one problem with the CPAP sleep apnea machine is that it requires the user to wear a bulky mask and be connected to a somewhat noisy machine all night long. Many people find the mask uncomfortable to sleep in, while others report that their partner feels like they’re sleeping next to Darth Vader. 

Still, for those who can get used to the CPAP machine, this is one of the most used remedies and should provide good results within the first few nights.


Sleep Apnea Pillows

If you use CPAP, you have probably struggled with using normal pillows which simply do not allow enough room for the sleep apnea mask with its hoses. This is why there are many CPAP pillows on the market which are specifically designed to allow plenty of room for the CPAP mask. 

The most important thing to consider when you're thinking of getting one, is comfort, as each pillow will have the correct cutouts for the CPAP mask and hoses. Many CPAP pillows are made out of foam which will perfectly fit the contours of your head, however none can compare with the Polar Foam Sleepap Pillow designed by Science of Sleep. 

This pillow contains special, breathable memory foam which not only contours to your head, but also allows air to pass through it which helps to keep you cool while you sleep as well.

sleep apnea devicesOn the contrary, if you are someone who either cannot use CPAP or simply finds the mask to be too uncomfortable, there are several pillows available that claim to help those with mild to moderate sleep apnea. 

However, there is only one sleep apnea pillow that has been FDA approved to treat both snoring and mild sleep apnea: the Sona Sleep Apnea Pillow

This pillow is relatively affordable compared to other treatments like CPAP and is very highly reviewed. 

Most people with mild sleep apnea or snoring problems have reported immediate results using it. The pillow works by contouring to the shape of your head and cradling it in a way to allow the airways to be as open as possible for optimum breathing.

Dental Devices and Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces

If you have tried to use CPAP and find the sleep apnea mask to be too uncomfortable to wear, you are not alone, as over fifty percent of people who try to use the sleep apnea machine find it near impossible to sleep with. Many others are just plain unsuited for CPAP use, for a variety of different reasons. Even if you fall into any of these categories, there is still hope for you. Many individuals who struggle with mild to moderate sleep apnea have reported having success using one of the many sleep apnea mouthpieces on the market. 

There are two basic dental devices used to treat sleep apnea. The first type is known as a mandibular advancement device, which is basically a fancy term for a sleep apnea mouth guard which keeps the lower jaw moved forward to allow the air passage at the back of the throat to stay open. This sleep apnea device is probably the second most recommended device after CPAP. 

sleep apnea devicesWhile some people still find these devices uncomfortable, many still prefer them over the bulky CPAP mask and hoses. In most cases, when the doctor recommends that you use a mandibular advancement device, it will be necessary to visit a dentist to have a mold made of your teeth and jaw. 

This will ensure that the device fits properly which will make it more comfortable and keep it from causing damage to your jaw, such as TMJ. While not effective at treating all types of sleep apnea, these devices do work well for those with mild to moderate sleep apnea that is caused by the soft palate tissue restricting the airflow through the throat.

 

The other, less common type of sleep apnea mouthpiece is known as a tongue restraining device, which is another type of mouth guard that basically holds the tongue in place so that it cannot block the person’s airways. Again, if you are told you need this type of device, it is best to consult a dentist to have one perfectly fitted to your mouth. 

Although you can find a few of these devices on the market, it is best to have one specifically made to fit your mouth. This may cost you more, but it will definitely allow you to sleep better and be much more comfortable to wear.

 


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