CPAP and Its Drawbacks
Continuous positive air pressure, also known as a CPAP machine or mask, is the most common treatment for sleep apnea and can provide many benefits for sleep sufferers. Although it is considered the gold standard for treating sleep apnea, nearly 83% of CPAP users have a hard time using their machine for more than four hours per night. They result in eliminating the use of treatment entirely and this can generate more future problems for the patient and also their sleeping partner.
Sufferers complain that their CPAP is intrusive, uncomfortable, claustrophobic, loud, and bulky. Dismissing the use of CPAP masks is not the right path to take if you want to better your quality of life. Dr. Pearson offers oral appliance therapy as an alternative for CPAP and encourages you to explore other options to help treat your sleepless nights.
Oral Appliances: Small, Convenient, and Comfortable
Oral appliances have become an increasingly common alternative for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Oral appliances are devices, generally created by dentists, that reposition the lower jaw forward, opening up a passageway so you can properly breathe at night.
No two oral appliances are the same. Our Staten Island dentist will craft an oral appliance that is designed to fit your specific needs. Patients love that these dental devices are compact, portable, non-invasive, and silent. They help sleep apnea sufferers receive a refreshing, restful sleep and can greatly improve their overall health.
The highly appealing custom-fit of oral appliances are another reason why patients are using them instead of their CPAP. The tighter and more accurate fit to each individual makes them more comfortable and easier to comply with.
Here at Staten Island Dental Sleep Health, we offer FDA-approved oral appliances which include the Herbst and the DynaFlex Dorsal, allowing us to provide maximum comfort to your specific needs.
Other Snoring and Sleep Apnea Relievers
Determining which treatment for your sleep apnea disorder is best for you depends on a variety of factors like weight, the way you sleep, and the severity of your sleeping condition. Other CPAP alternatives and approaches to help alleviate your symptoms include:
- Weight loss for overweight and obese patients
- Eliminate smoking from your daily routine
- Reducing alcohol intake
- Positional therapy for those who sleep on their back
- Practice throat exercises
- Receive palate procedures, such as lateral pharyngoplasty