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Was Your CPAP Recalled? Consider an Alternative Treatment

September 6, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ezsleepsolutions @ 2:46 pm
Woman sleeping peacefully despite CPAP recall in Mangum

For many years, CPAP therapy has been the go-to method for treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Without a doubt, CPAP machines are effective. However, they have some serious drawbacks. In fact, recently, millions of the machines, made by Philips Respironics, were recalled due to a dangerous defect. Was your OSA treatment interrupted by the CPAP recall in Mangum? If it was, now is a great time to start thinking about alternative ways to manage your condition. You might be eligible for a custom oral appliance.

What Is an Oral Sleep Appliance?

An oral sleep appliance is a small device that resembles a mouthguard that you would wear for sports. However, instead of protecting you from injury, an oral sleep appliance gently shifts your jaw forward. It thereby opens the airway and prevents the tissues in your throat from causing blockages while you sleep.

Oral appliance therapy is primarily prescribed for patients with mild to moderate OSA. However, some with more severe cases have also benefited from it. It can even be used in combination with a CPAP, allowing the machine to be adjusted to a lower, quieter, and more comfortable setting.

Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy deserves your consideration as a CPAP alternative in Mangum because of the many benefits it offers, including:

No Harmful Chemicals

The Philips Respironics CPAP machines were recalled because chemicals in them can break down and contribute to significant health problems. Oral appliances are made out of materials that work well with the human body and pose virtually no health risks.

Convenience

Have you ever tried to travel with your CPAP machine? It may have been a hassle to carry it through the airport and set it up in your hotel room. An oral appliance is small enough to slip into your carry-on bag, making it easy to take with you whether you are traveling across the country or around the world.

Silence

The dangerous chemicals in the Philips Respironics devices came from a foam designed to make the machine as quiet as possible. An oral appliance is naturally silent, so you and your partner can enjoy undisturbed sleep night after night.

Easy Maintenance

In order to stay hygienic, a CPAP machine needs diligent maintenance and cleaning that might require special tools and a significant amount of time. Cleaning an oral appliance is much simpler; gently washing it every day, and occasionally soaking it in denture cleaner, might be all you have to do.

Don’t let a recall rob you of sleep! An oral appliance might be just what you need to get your OSA back under control.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Dustin Lively is a Mangum native who specializes in helping patients fight OSA via oral appliance therapy. He regularly attends continuing education courses so he can keep up with advancements in his field. If you would like to learn more about oral sleep appliances, Dr. Lively and our team are ready to talk with you. Contact us at 580-782-2027. 

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