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Sleep Alternatives to CPAP

Teeth WhiteningAlthough obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can seriously affect the sleep patterns, and therefore overall health of sufferers, the most common treatment may not appeal to all. OSA is characterized by stoppages in breathing as you sleep, which can happen dozens of times a night. This is because the airway is blocked by the soft tissue of the tongue or back of the throat, as well as the adenoids.

The most common treatment for those suffering from OSA is something called the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) system. This treatment has successfully treated many people by supplying a constant stream of air through the mouth and nose, but many others may have trouble with using, or continuing to use, it.
The CPAP system requires that its users wear a mask over the mouth and nose as they sleep. As a result, many users have said they can only tolerate using it for a few hours a night. There have been complaints of runny nose, dry mouth, sore throats, and eye irritation. Some people break out in acne due to the straps. The mask is attached to a hose, which is hooked up to a machine, so CPAP patients who are more comfortable on their stomachs may also have problems. And the noise from the machine may keep many people awake.

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Alternatives

Although CPAP is the most common treatment for OSA, it is not the only one. Other options available at Rochester Advanced Dentistry include:

  • SomnoMed MAS (Mandibular Advancement Splint) This device is worn at night and helps keep the airway open. Sufferers of mild to moderate OSA may find this works very well for them. SomnoMed MAS looks a lot like a mouth guard and works by keeping the lower jaw set in a forward position. By doing so, it cannot fall back against your airway and cutting off your breathing.
  • MicrO2 is a sleek mandibular advancement device. With a narrow profile, many people find it more comfortable than other oral appliances. It doesn’t interfere with opening and closing your mouth while you sleep. MicrO2 offers a large amount of tongue space so your mouth won’t feel crowded. And there are no mechanical adjustment screws to mess with, so it’s easy to use. Digital design and manufacture allow for precise fit and easy replacement if necessary.

Many people find these treatment alternatives to be more comfortable and convenient than CPAP.

Are These Alternatives Effective?

When properly used, CPAP is the most effective sleep apnea treatment. Nothing is as effective as CPAP. But because CPAP is so inconvenient and uncomfortable, few people use it as they should. Studies have shown that oral appliances achieve the same or better results overall. We will help you maximize the effectiveness of your treatment.

We will teach you how to adjust your appliances for the maximum in comfort and effectiveness. This will help ensure you get the best results from your oral appliance.

We also offer monitoring that can help you refine the adjustment of your oral appliance. ApneaLink is a comfortable and easy-to-use home sleep test. It can be used to help diagnose sleep apnea, but it can also be used to monitor treatment effectiveness. If your treatment isn’t working, you are still at risk.

Because OSA is a potentially dangerous condition, if you believe you may suffer from it, please contact Rochester Advanced Dentistry online or call (248) 656-2020 for an initial consultation. We serve the Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township, Michigan areas.

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