Alternatives to CPAP Therapy
What is CPAP therapy?
For the past 15 to 20 years, CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, therapy has been commonly and effectively used to help treat obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP therapy involves wearing a facemask or nosepiece that is attached to a hose and machine, delivering continuous, steady air pressure to help keep your airways open during sleep.
Although CPAP therapy may be effective in the treatment of sleep apnea, some users may experience discomfort while using a CPAP device. At Dental365Sleep, we offer treatment alternatives to CPAP therapy, providing oral treatment solutions that are both effective and comfortable.
Why is CPAP therapy used?
CPAP therapy is used to help treat sleep apnea, providing the wearer with a steady flow of air pressure to help keep their airways open.
What are the benefits of using CPAP therapy?
CPAP therapy can help keep prevent your airways from closing up during sleep, helping you get a better night’s rest, reducing daily fatigue, and decreasing your risk of developing other health-related problems linked to sleep apnea. Some CPAP machines also offer the benefit of portability, with small travel size CPAP devices and CPAP accessories that allow you to bring your CPAP device with you almost anywhere.
What are the common issues of using CPAP therapy?
While CPAP therapy is an effective solution for treating sleep apnea, some may consider the CPAP device to be uncomfortable, requiring additional CPAP accessories and a specialized CPAP pillow to minimize discomfort. Other issues with CPAP therapy may include:
- The mask from the CPAP device may lead to skin irritations
- The sound of the CPAP machine may cause sleep disruptions
- Air pressure from the CPAP machine may cause dry mouth or throat irritation
- Some CPAP masks may cause teeth to shift after continued use
- The CPAP machine remains at one constant setting through the night, which can cause the air pressure to feel uncomfortable during certain sleep cycles or in certain sleep positions
If you use CPAP therapy and are experiencing any of the above machine-related issues, there are treatment alternatives.
What are the alternatives to CPAP therapy?
As an alternative to CPAP therapy, at Dental365Sleep, we provide practical, comfortable sleep apnea solutions along with expert advice and additional treatment recommendations. CPAP therapy alternatives may include:
- Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise can help alleviate sleep apnea, even if you don’t lose weight, improving overall fitness, reducing daytime fatigue, and helping to provide a better night’s rest.
- Quitting smoking may also help promote healthier sleep habits, as smoking is not only a stimulant that can keep you up at night, but it also causes inflammation of airways, which can narrow your airways and cause breathing disruption.
- Oral appliance therapy involves a custom-made mouth guard to hold your tongue, jaw, or other parts that may be preventing airflow, in a set position during sleep. This helps to prevent the narrowing and collapsing of tissues that may be causing the breathing obstructions during sleep.
If you or a loved one is interested in alternatives to CPAP therapy, a consultation with a dental sleep specialist can help you be on your way towards achieving a better night’s rest. The dental sleep specialists at Dental365Sleep offer modern treatment solutions with high-quality care and appointment availability seven days a week for maximum convenience. Call 844.365.DENTAL or click the appointment request button to schedule an appointment or to learn more about CPAP alternatives.