“CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most common therapy for sleep apnea.
Although it is effective, many people cannot tolerate it’s use. The mask covers most or part of your face and can give a claustrophobic feeling. The mask has to fit intimately with your face and any facial hair will reduce the pressure. The machine is bulky, requires AC electricity and you are tethered to it all night long. The noise from the machine can make it hard for you and your partner to fall asleep. And traveling with the machine creates a luggage nightmare.
If you have a CPAP and cannot tolerate it, there are other options. A simple custom dental appliance can be used either with or instead of the CPAP, depending on the severity of your sleep apnea. There are also surgical solutions that can help alleviate your sleep apnea. Call us to discuss your situation and see if any of the alternative therapies are right for you.”
Alternatives to CPAP therapy
Although CPAP is the most commonly used sleep apnea therapy, some patients might have issues with it. If you are not comfortable with CPAP and sleeping like a Darth Vader, here are some alternatives for you.
Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) devices
CPAP regulates airflow in your respiratory tract by blowing air at a predetermined pressure. This allows you to sleep uninterrupted during the night.
CPAP isn’t the only device that blows air into your respiratory tract. Some alternatives that work in necessarily the same way are listed below.
- Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (APAP)
- Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
These alternatives work the same way as CPAP but they use slightly different technology to regular airflow.
Patients who have mild to moderate sleep apnea could easily benefit from dental devices. They are an excellent alternative to CPAP in most cases.
The reason dental devices are popular as a CPAP alternative is simple. There is no mask to wear. While sleeping, you don’t have to think about the bizarre machine covering your face.
To get your dental device for sleep apnea, simply visit your dentist for a detailed examination. Once your dentist has determined the cause of sleep apnea and the severity of the condition, you will receive recommendations. If dental devices would help you sleep peacefully, your dentist will specifically fit a dental device. Don’t opt for over-the-counter dental devices as they are not made specifically for you. They will not meet your individual needs and could even cause further health issues.
Sleep apnea could easily damage your health. It’s important to talk to your doctor about symptoms. We offer many CPAP alternatives to help you sleep well again without having to put that awkward mask over your face.