Alternatives to CPAP for Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Are you one of the thousands of people who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea but have avoided using your CPAP machine? A CPAP mask can be a highly successful treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but if you don’t tolerate the mask or cannot get used to using it, and you’re just not treating your sleep apnea at all, you are putting your health at risk. There are alternative treatments available.
CPAP Doesn’t Work for Everyone
The rate of intolerance for CPAP masks is high enough that there have been studies done to recommend approaching sleep apnea treatment from a multidisciplinary approach because so many CPAP-intolerant patients discontinue therapy and remain untreated. You’re not alone, and you can be relieved to know that there are a number of other therapies available to help you effectively treat your sleep apnea.
One of the most common alternatives to CPAP is oral appliance therapy. It’s a mouthpiece that looks somewhat like a retainer and is used to help maintain an open airway. Additional alternatives include weight loss, smoking cessation, lifestyle changes like more exercise and less alcohol, and adjusting your sleep position to minimize obstruction. For some patients, minimally invasive surgery can help resolve sleep apnea. Dr. Malhotra also evaluates patients for the Apnicure Winx therapy system, a light oral vacuum that rests inside the mouth while sleeping.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea and have struggled with using a CPAP, the first step is to schedule an appointment with a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine and can offer CPAP alternatives. Dr. Malhotra is a trusted sleep specialist in Connecticut, with extensive experience in treating patients suffering from all kinds of sleep disorders. Call (203) 653-3519 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.