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Hate Wearing Your CPAP? Your Dentist May Be Able To Help

If you have sleep apnea, you've likely worn a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to bed before. If you have sleep apnea, you should also be consistently wearing your CPAP machine when you sleep every night. An astonishing amount of sleep apnea patients choose not to wear their CPAP. This means they are choosing to go untreated until they find a different solution, if there even is another solution that will work for them. Sleep Apnea is directly correlated to several life-threatening conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and more. So, why do so many people choose not to wear CPAP?

Let's look at how CPAP works

Like the name suggests, CPAP machines utilize continuous positive airway pressure to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The machine functions in three basic parts: the monitor, the hose, and the mask. The machine sends pressurized air through the hose to the mask and into the lungs. The pressurized air helps keep your airway open, allowing you to have unobstructed breathing.

What are my options if I hate my CPAP machine?

One of the most common complaints CPA wearers have is the adjustment period. New users have to get used to not only wearing the mask at night, but the feel of the pressurized air. Others complain of claustrophobia, as the mask covers both the nose and the mouth to apply the pressurized air. So what are your options?

Every patient is different, and for some CPAP and other PAP machines may be the only option for immediate treatment. However, your dental specialist may have some alternatives for you to explore. Dr. Buck is a facial orthopedist based in the state of Washington. He is part of a collaborative team consisting of sleep specialists, ENT physicians and pulmonologists who all combine their expertise to help sleep apnea patients. Every patient is different, but it's possible that facial orthopedics provided by specialists like Dr. Buck can help reduce severity and alleviate symptoms of your sleep apnea or other sleep breathing issues.

  • Facial orthopedics / growth guidance for adults: This is the practice of gently and safely stimulating the lifelong remodeling potential within the jaws and face. Results can include making room for crowded teeth, forward development of the entire face and improving appearance. By guiding the face into proper alignment, facial orthopedics can help improve posture and reduce the symptoms and severity of sleep breathing problems.
  • Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT): This therapy involves a specially fitted and designed device to be worn in the mouth like you would a mouthguard. Depending on your specific needs, OAT can either reposition your lower jaw or hold your tongue in place in order to keep the airway open. Over the counter dental sleep treatments are marketed as replacing properly fitted and adjusted CPAP, which is inaccurate and dangerous to claim.

It is important to treat your sleep apnea accordingly. If your sleep apnea requires CPAP, Dr. Buck can work with you to make sure you are comfortable using the device. Ensuring you continue to treat your sleep apnea is of the utmost importance. Poorly-treated sleep apnea, will still lead to very undesirable medical complications, or contribute to other deadly diseases.

Want to find out if growth guidance and OAT is right for you?

For more information on Dr. Buck's practice and the treatment options he provides, schedule an appointment, call us today at 206-316-8286.

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Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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WOW! A 54% decrease in forward head posture; 164% increase in the antero-posterior size of the airway; 176% increase in the lateral size of the airway all from epigenetically centered jaw development orthopedics. This is the future of orthodontics!​