CPAP vs Mandibular Advancement Device

CPAP vs Mandibular Advancement Device

April 22, 2023

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It causes interruptions in breathing during sleep, which can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and other health issues.


  • Physical abnormalities in the airway
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption


  • Loud snoring
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Morning headaches


  • CPAP
  • Mandibular Advancement Device
  • Surgery
  • Lifestyle changes

What is CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. It is a device that uses mild air pressure to keep the airway open during sleep, preventing interruptions in breathing.



Highly effective

Can be uncomfortable to wear


Requires a power source

Can be used for severe sleep apnea

May cause nasal congestion or dryness

What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?

A Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is a custom-made oral appliance that holds the jaw and tongue in a forward position. By doing so, it helps to keep the airway open during sleep.

“MADs are a good option for people who cannot tolerate CPAP or have mild to moderate sleep apnea.”

CPAP or MAD: Which One is Right for You?

The decision of whether to use a CPAP or a MAD depends on several factors, such as the severity of your sleep apnea, your sleeping habits, and your personal preference.


If you have severe sleep apnea, CPAP may be the better option.


If you tend to breathe through your mouth, MAD may be more suitable.

Personal Preference

Some people may find CPAP too uncomfortable or invasive, while others prefer the simplicity of the device.

Other Sleep Apnea Treatments

While CPAP and MAD are the most common solutions for sleep apnea, there are other options that may work for you.

  • Surgery to remove excess tissue or correct abnormalities in the airway
  • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss and avoiding alcohol and sedatives
  • Positional therapy to encourage sleeping on your side
  • Oral pressure therapy to create positive air pressure in the mouth

How to Get Started

If you suspect that you have sleep apnea, the first step is to schedule a consultation with a sleep specialist. They can diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan that is right for you.

Consult with a sleep specialist to get started on your journey to better sleep.


Whether you choose CPAP or MAD, or another treatment option, treating your sleep apnea is essential to your health and quality of life. Consult with a specialist today to find the best solution for you.

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Dr. Sonya Reddy received her education at the prestigious NYU College Of Dentistry, where she also received special training in Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Reddy is a member of the American Cosmetic Dentists, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and a SMART certified and accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology.