The Best Solution for Sleep Apnoea

The Best Solution for Sleep Apnoea

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is regarded as the gold standard in sleep apnoea treatments. There is however a significant proportion of people that are prescribed CPAP who simply cannot put up with this method of treatment. Using a CPAP machine while you sleep entails wearing a face mask with an air hose going to an air pump machine that sits near the bed. The machine pumps air into the airway throughout the night and by doing so keeps the airway open.

Fortunately there's been a great deal of research into mandibular advancement devices which are an effective alternative. These devices are also known as snoring guards because they like a sports mouth guard. The proper term is actually mandibular advancement device. Mandibular advancement devices offer a simpler and more tolerable treatment for patients with sleep apnoea. A mandibular advancement device stops the upper airway collapsing by holding the lower jaw forward, this brings the tongue and the hyoid bone forward and so keeps the airway open while asleep.

A research study comparing the effectiveness of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) with mandibular advancement devices (MAD) in patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea, showed that over 80% (17 out of the 21) of patients had a preference for the mandibular advancement device. Each patient used the CPAP for two months and the MAD for two months. Before and after each treatment the patient had a sleep study.

The before and after sleep studies revealed that with both the CPAP machines and the manibular advancement devices the number of apnoeas fell significantly and to acceptable levels.