Why People Are Seeking Alternatives For CPAP
CPAP, also called continuous positive airway therapy, is a machine sleep apnea patients use to treat their condition. It consists of a mask attached to a ventilation system and delivers a consistent flow of air to the person wearing it.
People who’ve tried this treatment method, however, have found it to be invasive and ineffective due to its awkward size, loud noise, and restrictive nature. For this reason, sleep specialists have started recommending alternative treatments to CPAP.
The Benefits of Oral Appliances
After much trial and error with CPAP, doctors have been recommending oral appliances to their sleep apnea patients. This treatment device, also known as a mandibular advancement appliance, is a device that fits comfortably inside your mouth while you sleep.
An oral appliance resembles a mouthguard and is custom made to each patient based on the size and shape of their jaw. It has also been known to help treat snoring, allowing them and their bed partners to sleep peacefully.
People often prefer oral appliances over CPAP because of their:
- Quietness — unlike CPAP, they won’t wake up you or your partner
- Mobility — They don’t require you to sleep on your back the entire night, allowing you to sleep however you want
- Traveling convenience — Their small size will enable you to take them anywhere
- Discreetness — Since they fit inside your jaw, people will hardly know you’re using it
Other Alternatives to CPAP
Since there are different stages of sleep apnea, Dr. Mensah offers multiple CPAP alternatives. If you’re experiencing mild sleep apnea symptoms or are looking for additional treatment in addition to your oral appliance, we suggest trying a series of exercises.
Sleep apnea is common in people who are overweight, so frequently exercising can help reduce your symptoms. In addition to this, implementing a healthier diet into your lifestyle may help you lose weight as well.
Dr. Mensah also recommends specialized exercises to strengthen your mouth and throat since these muscles play a direct role in causing sleep apnea. These include trying to touch your tongue to your nose and chin, holding your tongue between your teeth for a series of seconds, and gargling for five minutes.
Contact Us to Receive Treatment
If you’re ready to find relief from your sleep apnea using one of the convenient CPAP alternatives, call us at (855) 937-3432 to schedule your initial no-obligation consultation with Dr. Mensah.