Sleep apnea and snoring are affecting more and more people these days. In fact, there are more than 20 million US citizens suffering from excessive snoring, sadly. According to the society, this is a dangerous disorder and pharmacists have been forced to devise ways of combating it.
Currently, we have CPAP, BIPAP, and mouthpieces being used. Which one is the best for you? We’ll look at the pros and cons of each snoring solution and then you can make an informed decision.
This is a nasal mask covering the nose and the upper lip region. When using this mask, the patient gets an indirect airflow through the airway making it advantageous for patients with high-pressure requirements. It’s the right choice for patients who want something comfortable. While it’s not as light as those nasal pillows, it’s lighter than a full facial mask.
• Is more effective than nasal pillows
It won’t work for mouth breathers. It’s basically ineffective when used by mouth breathing patients unless complemented by a chin strap. These are bands bound to the mouth and chin and they keep the mouth closed while you sleep.
• Narrow nasal passages
Unlike the CPAP, this machine relieves snoring by alternating air pressure. When you breathe in, it increases airflow and reduces it when breathing out. This makes it comfortable for patients and as it works in sync with the body’s breathing mechanism.
• Ideal for patients with neuromuscular ailments
• Can be used by patients with cardiovascular disease
• Works best on patients suffering from acute and moderate apnea
• May bring about central apnea
Stop Snoring and Sleep Apnea mouthpiece pros
• They’re comfortable in all sleeping positions – considering that they’re tailored to the patients liking, they will never interfere with your sleeping position or exert too much pressure on the skin. Again, CPAP and BIPAP may be uncomfortable when you have excessive facial hair while this isn’t a problem when using oral appliances.
• Aesthetically appealing – this is in comparison to the CPAP and BIPAP masks
• You may get sore gums on the first few days after using them
• Patients may experience excessive drooling
• Uncomfortable jaws
• Cannot be used in conjunction with existing crowns or braces.
• The patient may get a dry mouth on first use.