Oral Appliances: Smaller, Quiet, and More Convenient Than CPAP
CPAP isn’t for everybody. In fact, many patients complain that it restricts their lifestyle. According to Harvard Medical School, “half or more of people who try CPAP don’t stick with the treatment.”
Many patients find our oral appliances to be an effective alternative to CPAP. It’s small, quiet, easy-to-use, and you can take it anywhere.
Instead of pumping air into the airway, an oral appliance gently repositions your mouth to keep the airway open. It’s portable, comfortable, convenient, and it doesn’t require electricity.
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Sleep Apnea Patient Testimonial
“After receiving the results of a sleep study and realizing I had mild to moderate sleep apnea with a low oxygen level of 83%, I knew I had to do something to improve my health! However, I also knew I would not be able to use a CPAP machine! Not only was I imagining the cumbersome mask and restrictive tubing, but also as an avid camper, I could not imagine lugging around such an apparatus and the power pack it would need to run off-grid! When a mouth guard was suggested, I was more than happy to try it. I was recommended to see Dr. Schumacher at Dental Hills Dental Care, which was already my dental provider so that made setting the appointment easy!
After my first appointment and some hi-tech imaging, my mouthguard was sent off to be made. In the meantime, Dr. Schumacher recommended using a snore recording app on my phone to listen to what I sounded like when I snored and to monitor my progress once I started wearing the appliance. After the first recording, I was shocked to hear myself snoring, gasping, and choking trying to breathe throughout the night! Once I received the mouthguard, it took a few visits to Dr. Schumacher to get the correct fit and tension, but once that was customized to my mouth & teeth, my “snore score” began to drop drastically! Over the past 6 months, it has gone from a score of above 50 down to single digits – mostly under 5!! And best of all – my oxygen levels at night have been shown to not go below 90%!
I definitely feel better each morning now that I am not struggling to breathe each night. I am no longer groggy and depressed-feeling when I wake up but instead have clarity, more energy and a brighter outlook on the day! For a few weeks, when my appliance had to go back to the lab, I experienced that old groggy, tired and disgruntled feeling waking up and realized then how much of a difference wearing the mouth guard makes in my ability to get a good night’s sleep.
The mouth guard is very easy to wear. At first I was worried about getting my jaw out of line, but there is a small “exerciser” that I bite on after the mouth guard has been out for 15 minutes and that ensures that my bite goes back to normal within just a few minutes. Also I have not had any residual or immediate pain in my jaws or headaches from the mouth guard pulling my jaw slightly forward while I sleep.
The whole experience has been a very positive one and has definitely improved my sleep and overall health! Dr. Schumacher and his staff have taken great care to ensure the best fit for my mouth guard and have taken me step by step through the process. I would recommend to anyone considering using a CPAP machine to first try wearing a mouth guard at night to see if this easier & simpler remedy will work for them. And I would definitely recommend Dr Schumacher at Dental Hills as the best provider for this sleep apnea solution!”
Meet Dr. Schumacher
Dr. Charles Schumacher is an experienced sleep dentist who’s been serving patients in Farmington for over three decades. In 2012, he was voted “Best Dentist in Farmington.”
Dr. Schumacher and our team treat all our patients with respect and compassion. Our Farmington dentist listens to our patients and will carefully explain all your treatment options to make sure you get the best possible care.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schumacher, simply give us a call at (505) 427-2936 and ask to speak with a member of our team. If you’d prefer, you can also fill out a convenient contact form on our website and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
How can a dentist tell if you have sleep apnea?
A dentist can usually tell if you have sleep apnea because there are often signs of the disorder in your mouth and throat. Dentists are well-educated on the health of these areas, so they’re often the person who can best tell if something is wrong.
While your dentist may be able to point out signs of sleep apnea, you must be formally diagnosed by a qualified physician in order to receive treatment. The only way to do this is to undergo a sleep test and review the results with your physician. We can help you get a simple sleep test.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Schumacher can develop a treatment plan just for you. With the help of a convenient oral appliance and some basic lifestyle changes, he can provide the relief you need to enjoy a sound night’s rest.
What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring is a sign of possible sleep apnea. You usually snore if you have sleep apnea, but sometimes you can be a light snorer with no actual sleep apnea. We can still help with treatments for snoring only.