My CPAP Is Uncomfortable. Is there a better option?

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device is often recommended for patients who have sleep apnea because it is highly effective – in theory. In practice, however, many patients find their CPAP masks to be cumbersome and anxiety-inducing, leading them to abandon the treatment and continue to suffer from the effects of sleep apnea. If you’ve given up on your CPAP mask, you should explore oral appliance therapy as a possible alternative treatment. This approach eliminates many of the barriers associated with the CPAP.

My CPAP Is So Uncomfortable. Is there a better option?

If you want a sleep apnea treatment that is a better fit for your routine, consider oral appliance therapy.


Life Is Too Short To Sleep Uncomfortably!

We get it. You’re supposed to wear this large CPAP mask to eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms and help you sleep better. But the mask is so uncomfortable that you just toss and turn all night trying to get into a comfortable position. It can even make you feel claustrophobic at times. And if you have to travel? Lugging your CPAP device through an airport or on a train or a bus is not the most convenient option.

You can wear a comfortable appliance similar to a mouthguard that fits entirely inside of your mouth. The appliance is designed to fit your unique mouth structure, so it will be so comfortable that you may even forget that you’re wearing it. Plus, you can tuck it into your carry-on if you’re headed out of town.

Is oral appliance therapy as effective as a CPAP?

Although an oral appliance works much differently than a CPAP device, both approaches are highly effective at eliminating the conditions that cause sleep apnea. The oral appliance focuses on holding some of your mouth’s components in a particular position so that the soft tissues at the back of your throat are far less likely to collapse and cover up the airway opening when you are lying down. The appliances work well, especially if you’re actually using them each night, unlike your clunky CPAP.

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Get Rid of Your CPAP In Three Easy Steps

We do a Cone Beam CT scan X-ray and show you things about you that could be why you are struggling to sleep. We map out your Oropharynx to show you how small it might be compared to people that don’t have OSA. We use state of the art Digital Impressions (it is a 3-d image of your upper and lower jaw/teeth) to send off for the manufacturing of your medical device (your dental device) so that it is precisionally made just to fit YOU. We also pick a product that uses a MEDICAL GRADE material, which has to pass 6 different tests before it could be used for a medical device. Once you have your new oral appliance, you can get rid of your CPAP machine for good!

Step 1. Discover

Call our office to schedule an appointment with us. We will be able to discuss how we can best help.

Step 2. Design

Dr. Mason and our team will create a personalized approach to managing your sleep apnea.

Step 3. Dream

You’ll finally have the restful sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

Dr. Erika Mason | Sleep Apnea Treatment | Richmond, VA

Meet Dr. Erika Mason, DDS

Dr. Mason’s patients know her as a dental professional with high standards and a genuine interest in her patient’s overall health and well-being. She is dedicated to seeking out opportunities for continuing education and expanding her knowledge to best serve her patients. In 2023, Dr. Mason was asked to be part of a Task Force to work on various issues for the AADSM. In Feb 2018, she was part of a team of educators who taught part of the Mastery Review Course for dentist getting ready to sit for their Diplomate Written Exam. At the 2019 National AADSM meeting in SanAntonio Dr.Mason presented a poster that will eventually be published in one of the Scientific Sleep Journals.