Sleep Apnea Treatments & CPAP Alternatives
What is CPAP?
The only way to find successful treatments that alleviate snoring or your possible sleep disorder symptoms is by seeing a sleep physician. At an appointment discussing your nighttime struggles, they can officially detect if you have sleep apnea through an overnight sleep study or by providing you with an at-home sleep test.
Once you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, most doctors will recommend a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to wear at night. A CPAP is a mask that straps onto your face while you sleep and is connected to an electric-powered motor that blows air.
The air helps open your airway to clear the obstruction in your throat that’s interrupting your breathing pattern and causing you to snore. Although CPAP works for many sleep apnea suffers, others stop treatment altogether because it’s loud, uncomfortable, and intrusive.
Find a More Comfortable Treatment
At Elevate Dental Wellness, our sleep dentist, Dr. Van Gorden, doesn't want to see you ignore your sleep disorder because of an unbearable treatment. We offer an enjoyable, much smaller alternative to CPAP that you’ll love and find major relief in.
Oral Appliance Therapy
An oral appliance is a non-invasive device that fits comfortably and securely in your mouth. It’s worn at night, typically for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea sufferers, and looks similar to a sports mouthguard. An oral appliance works to gently move your jaw forward so it can clear the blockage in your throat that is impeding your breathing.
Benefits you’ll experience when using an oral appliance include:
- Custom-designed to fit your mouth
- Comfortable and convenient
- Silent and secure
- Restores energy
- Reduces snoring
Additional Alternatives to CPAP
Dr. Van Gorden suggests various natural approaches to help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms and provide you with a quality night’s sleep. Some general lifestyle changes we recommend are to reduce or eliminate smoking tobacco, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen if you’re overweight.
As a holistically focused dentistry, some techniques that can help you achieve a better nights sleep include aromatherapy, listening to calming music, or practicing relaxation techniques before bed. Positional therapy, such as sleeping on your side instead of your back can also help, as well as various throat exercises.
Surgeries for Sleep Apnea
In severe cases of sleep apnea, surgery may be the best way to completely treat your disorder. Some surgeries, for example, include removing expanding tonsils or widening the airways in your nose or throat. Although these are highly-effective, we want you to try out all possible treatment options before concluding that you need surgery.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you believe you may be suffering from sleep apnea, but aren’t sure where to receive a sleep study, give us a call at our Basalt dental office to receive some suggestions about where to go.
For those who have been living with sleep apnea and using a CPAP for quite some time but are curious about alternative treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Van Gorden today. He will help you find the relief you’ve been longing for with a safe, small, and comfortable solution.