CPAP Intolerance & Oral Appliance Alternative

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Do you struggle using CPAP to treat your obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that 50% of patients will abandon treatment because they can’t tolerate using it. While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) still remains the most popular option for sleep apnea, using the machine can be a daunting task. The following are some of the most common objections that we hear from patients seeking other alternatives.

 

 Anything but CPAP

While CPAP therapy is considered the “gold standard,” it may not be the right solution for you. The use of a mask or nasal pillows at night can be uncomfortable. Even though CPAP masks come in many styles, finding the ideal one can feel like an impossible task. However, finding the right mask may not resolve the problem. Most patients will abandon CPAP treatment due to the following reasons: a lack of perceived benefit, latex allergy, and a sense of claustrophobia. Other reasons include, frequent nocturnal awakenings due to the loud machine noise, partner complaints, anxiety, travel inconvenience, morning-time bloating or gas, and mask air leaks. If this describes your situation, you’ll be pleased to know that you have other options.

 

Looking for a CPAP Alternative?

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also recommends treating obstructive sleep apnea using a dental sleep apnea device. This treatment modality is known as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT). Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective treatment option for both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It utilizes a medical device that is custom-made and worn only during sleep. It fits like a sports mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. The appliance works by guiding the jaw in forward position to help maintain the airway open while minimizing/eliminating snoring for a quiet and revitalizing sleep. And best of all, research shows that more than 90% of patients report compliance using the dental device.

 
A board-certified sleep physician can help you select a treatment plan that is right for you. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may have to try using CPAP before you can be treated with a dental device. Drs. Jason Hui and Alan McDavid have the passion and experience to customize the ideal dental device for you! Contact us today at 469-712-6865 to find out how you can start treatment today!

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