What Is The Alternative To A CPAP Machine?

What Is The Alternative To A CPAP Machine? by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.

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What Is The Alternative To A CPAP Machine?

The oral appliance is an alternative to the CPAP machine. As you can see, there are two parts to it. Part of it goes on the upper jaw. Part goes on the lower jaw. And it brings the lower jaw forward.

This does two things. It moves the base of the tongue away from the back of the throat, and so it opens the airway that way. The other thing that it does is it helps to tighten the muscles in the neck, and that also helps the airway to stay open.

With a CPAP you have air going through the airway. That’s a process that’s known as internal splinting. With the muscles holding the airway open the way that it does when an oral appliance is used, that’s called external splinting, and that holds the airway open as well.