If you’re struggling to use your CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment for sleep apnea, you might be interested to learn about CPAP alternatives. Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, at Sleep Better Tampa in Florida, provides several alternatives to CPAP to relieve sleep apnea symptoms. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
While CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, there are alternative treatments to relieve sleep apnea symptoms. Some people find it difficult to adjust to the continuous positive airway pressure provided by a CPAP machine and might benefit from other sleep apnea treatments.
As a dental sleep medicine provider, Dr. Bulnes-Newton offers several alternatives to CPAP, including:
Oral devices similar to sports mouthguards work like snoring mouthpieces. Sleep Better Tamp adjusts the device to gently move the jaw forward to help maintain a wider airway when you sleep. Some oral appliances have a hinge that allows you to open your mouth while wearing the device, and some are made of plastic or silicone.
Mouthguards and oral appliances may be a cost-effective CPAP alternative, but they have the potential to cause tooth shifting or temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) pain.
An EPAP valve works by creating resistance when you exhale. The device has adhesive that you stick on the outside of your nostrils like a bandage.
BiLevel PAP therapy, or BiPAP, is similar to the CPAP machine, except instead of a single pressure for air, BiPAP uses an inhale pressure and a lower pressure for exhalation. BiPAP is sometimes prescribed for patients with difficulty adjusting to the CPAP, and it’s also commonly used for patients with a lung issue like COPD.
If your sleep apnea is related to being overweight or obese, weight loss is an effective CPAC alternative. Diet and exercise can help you reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea, but if you are obese and unable to lose weight through traditional approaches, you may want to consider bariatric surgery.
Yes, various sleep apnea surgical procedures are designed to relieve the symptoms of sleep apnea and improve breathing when you sleep. Children with obstructive sleep apnea often get a tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy as the first treatment option, while surgery is usually a second treatment option if others have failed.
Finding appropriate CPAP alternatives is vital if the CPAP treatment isn’t effective for you. Sleep apnea is a potentially deadly sleep disorder. Dr. Bulnes-Newton helps determine the best sleep apnea treatment for your needs. Call to schedule a consultation or use the convenient online tool to book an appointment today.