CPAP Alternatives Exist
Remarkably, reporting on this recall rarely mentions that many people with CPAP have another treatment alternative. For people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy can be as effective as CPAP. Oral appliance therapy repositions your jaw to hold open your airway. Doctors in Columbus may not initially inform patients of this option, so many do not know if they are eligible to get treated without CPAP.
Oral appliances offer benefits that make them a better choice for many people. They offer:
- Easy use
- Easy maintenance
- Silent operation
- No need for power
- No stifling mask or pressure
Oral appliances are easy to use. You just put the appliance in your mouth, similar to a sports mouthguard or whitening tray. The appliance is similarly easy to maintain. To maintain a CPAP machine, you must take it apart to clean all the components individually, then dry them before reassembly. For an oral appliance, you simply put it in a cleaning solution to soak, then set it out to dry.
The degrading foam in the Philips CPAP machines muffles the sound of the motor. An oral appliance has no motor, so it operates completely silently without any degradable foam. In addition, oral appliances don’t need power to operate. This makes them easy to use wherever you are. You can even take them camping and won’t have to carry a ton of batteries.
Plus, many people find oral appliances to be more comfortable. There’s no mask covering your nose or mouth, no straps, and no suffocating pressure in your throat.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative for truckers and it remains an option for many people in Columbus suffering as this recall stretches on interminably.