September 12, 2019
Tired of Your CPAP? Consider These 5 Alternatives
CPAP therapy is certainly an effective way to treat sleep apnea. However, it comes with a number of inconveniences. For example, many patients find it to be uncomfortable, noisy, and difficult to travel with. Without proper maintenance and cleaning, a CPAP machine can even cause illness. If you are tired of putting up with the hassles and risks of your machine, consider using one of the CPAP alternatives in Boca Raton listed below. Who knows? You may be able to say goodbye to your CPAP forever.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is the simplest, fastest, and most effective alternative to CPAP therapy. An oral sleep appliance is a mouthguard-like device that gently moves the jaw forward to allow for freer airflow at night. Such appliances are small, extremely portable, and easy to care for. They are able to treat virtually any level of sleep apnea, from mild to severe. A dentist who has an in-depth understanding of the jaw and sleep apnea in Boca Raton is the best source for acquiring one of these remarkable little devices.
In some cases, a structural defect in the jaw or another oral structure is responsible for obstructive sleep apnea. Surgery can correct such issues, but it is usually used as a last resort because it is expensive and may come with a long recovery period.
A large neck circumference is often a major contributing factor to sleep apnea. By losing excess body weight, you may be able to achieve better sleep. However, since weight loss is often a long and challenging process, you should still use another sleep apnea treatment, such as an oral appliance, while you are shedding those unwanted pounds.
When you sleep on your back, gravity works against you. The soft tissues in your throat are more likely to collapse and lead to airway blockages at night. Positional therapy will train you to sleep on your side so as to minimize breathing problems. Some patients train themselves by taping a tennis ball to their back, while others used a device recommended by a doctor.
Certain daily habits can worsen sleep apnea. For example, smoking and alcohol consumption are both correlated to this disorder (particularly for people who drink alcohol too close to bedtime). Adjusting such habits may ease your symptoms. However, you may not achieve complete relief. Oral appliance therapy can work alongside lifestyle tweaks to help you find true freedom from sleep apnea.
Are you fed up with your CPAP machine? Try one or more of the above-listed tactics for fighting your sleep apnea. It may be easier than you think to embark on a CPAP-free and sleep apnea-free lifestyle.
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a dentist who has devoted years to acquiring an in-depth understanding of obstructive sleep apnea and the oral structures that affect it. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. If you would like to speak to Dr. Mogell about getting started with oral appliance therapy, contact our office at 561-353-5252.
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