This is an interesting concept to think about. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, has the value of oral appliance therapy increased? It just might have. For almost two years we have had to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and what this means for us. What it has highlighted is the mandatory need to breathe. And what exacerbates breathing? Sleep apnea. But what does that have to do with the value of oral appliance therapy? Let’s find out.
CPAP therapy is out
The first line of therapy for patients with sleep apnea is a CPAP machine, or continuous positive airway pressure machine. This device uses pressurized air to maintain airway patency during sleep.
But with the pandemic, there have been some concerns about the use of a CPAP machine if you have COVID-19. Will it spread the virus? It is possible because the CPAP machine can spread aerosol respiratory droplets and spread them around the room during the night. This increases the potential of exposing others to COVID-19 if you suffer from this condition.
As a result, many people are turning to oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. This option is easier, smaller and more comfortable. By helping our patients with sleep apnea know that there is another option for treatment that could prevent further spread of COVID-19, we can continue to ensure their health and well-being.
It’s time to provide our patients with sleep apnea with all their possible treatment options for improved rest and health. This is something that continues to add to the value of oral appliances.