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6 Reasons Oral Appliance Therapy is a Great CPAP Alternative

6 Reasons why Oral Appliance Therapy is a Great CPAP Alternative

Oral appliance therapy and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy are both effective treatment options for sleep apnea, but they have different advantages and considerations. The choice between the two depends on various factors, including the severity of sleep apnea, patient preferences, and individual circumstances. Here are 6 reasons why oral appliance therapy is a great CPAP alternative.

Advantages of Oral Appliance vs CPAP

Comfortable and Easy to use:

Most people find oral appliances more comfortable and easier to adapt to than CPAP machines. Oral appliances are custom-made devices that fit in the mouth and resemble a mouth guard or retainer. They work by repositioning the jaw and tongue in a forward position to help keep the airway open during sleep. Patients find them less intrusive and disruptive to their sleep.


Oral appliances are compact and portable, making them convenient for travel. They do not require electricity.

Reduced Side Effects:

CPAP therapy can cause side effects such as dry mouth, nasal congestion, skin irritation, or feelings of claustrophobia from wearing a mask.


Some individuals struggle with using their CPAP all night and tend to remove it after a few hours. Oral appliance therapy is be a better fit for individuals who are non-compliant with CPAP or unable to tolerate it consistently.

Mild to Moderate Sleep Apnea:

Oral appliances are recommended as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. They can effectively treat these cases without the need for more invasive interventions.

Co-Treatment Option:

As an adjunct treatment along with CPAP for those individuals with severe OSA and high-pressure machines. This co-treatment can allow pressures to be reduced making CPAP more comfortable and the patient more compliant with treatment.

Insurance Coverage:

Oral appliance therapy is considered durable medical equipment (DME). Comprehensive Sleep Care Center offers in-house sleep dentists that will digitally scan and fit patients with their devices. This process is billed under a patient’s medical insurance and is usually covered (minus deductible and co-pays) versus a dental office where patients may be billed thousands of dollars out of pocket.

Oral appliance therapy is a good CPAP alternative treatment option for those patients that are resistant to CPAP therapy allowing them to get the needed treatment for their obstructive sleep apnea.

If you are experiencing sleep problems visit one of our sleep medicine providers at Comprehensive Sleep Care Center. Our doctors treat over 80 types of sleep disorders such as Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, and Narcolepsy. Give us a call and Say Hello to Sleep Again…

Safer Sleep Apnea Treatment During COVID-19

A Safer Sleep Apnea Treatment During COVID-19

CPAP Alternative – Oral Appliance Therapy


CPAP Alternative

Over the years, we have heard it time and time again: I hate my CPAP, I’ve tried, but I really can’t tolerate it. I feel claustrophobic with the mask… isn’t there a CPAP alternative? Yes, there is! You can say Bye Bye CPAP and treat your sleep apnea and snoring without a mask with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Oral Appliance is also a safe and CPAP alternative treatment option during these times of COVID 19

Position Statement

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recommends oral appliance therapy as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, or in cases where patients are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. In addition, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) states that oral appliance therapy (OAT) should be prescribed as a first-line therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPAP Non-Compliance

It is estimated that 30-50 percent of CPAP users don’t like their treatment; another survey discovered that about half of patients stop using CPAP within 1-3 weeks. Luckily, there is a better way to treat sleep apnea without a bulky CPAP or surgery.

A Better Treatment Option

Over 300,000 patients world-wide have found successful treatment with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), a custom-made oral device for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Oral Appliance Therapy has been shown to be highly effective in treating sleep apnea and snoring. In fact, 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality while wearing it.

CPAP Alternative for Sleep Apnea

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is a no-mask CPAP alternative treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. It is similar in appearance to a retainer. The Oral appliance is custom fit by a qualified dentist. It works by holding the jaw slightly forward. This keeps the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing and blocking your airflow/breathing during sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Millions suffer from the effects of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), yet few are aware of the potential health hazards.

The warning signs of OSA include

  • Frequent and loud snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Waking during the night gasping for breath
  • Morning Headaches
  • Grinding Teeth

Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to the following health issues:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease – including sudden cardiac death
  • Stroke
  • Type-2 Diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Greater risk of car accidents due to drowsiness
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Decreased Sex Drive

Pretty serious stuff if left untreated.

Treating snoring or obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy can help you feel like a new person. You will find that your symptoms, and your quality of life, can improve dramatically when you remain committed to your treatment and use it nightly.

Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy

  • No mask or machine needed
  • Comfortable & easy to wear
  • Easy to disinfect and clean
  • Discreet & silent
  • Portable and easy for travel
  • No electricity needed
  • Allows for talking and drinking
  • Less issues for claustrophobic patients
  • Most patients see improvement in the first few nights
  • Better compliance rates compared to CPAP
  • Less cumbersome & more attractive compared to a CPAP
  • Significantly improves sleep apnea symptoms, i.e. oxygen saturation and daytime sleepiness

 OAT may be the perfect CPAP alternative solution for ending snoring, treating Sleep Apnea, and improving your sleep quality. It is an ideal treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have severe OSA yet are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.

Comprehensive Sleep Care Center

We have the area’s top sleep medicine specialists with 9 convenient locations in Alexandria, ArlingtonBethesdaChantillyDumfriesGermantownLansdowneManassas, and Woodbridge.

We are the only sleep center in the Washington, DC Metro area to provide on-site oral appliance therapy with our own team of dentists experienced in treating sleep apnea. Because OSA is a medical condition, the claim is filed through your medical insurance provider. Most medical insurances cover the cost (after your deductible or co-insurance is met). We offer no-interest flexible payment plans for patients with higher deductibles.

If you are interested in learning more about Oral Appliance Therapy, visit our website today. You can also email our Patient Care Coordinator, Marvin, at [email protected]. Call today to find a better and safer CPAP alternative treatment!