Discover CPAP Alternatives from Dr. Iregui
CPAP machines are one of the most effective solutions for sleep apnea, but many patients find them hard to sleep with. In fact, many patients stop using CPAP after less than a year. Patients often say that CPAP machines make them feel claustrophobic. They also complain that they’re noisy, irritate the skin, and dry out nasal passages.
Dr. Iregui at SoundBridge Dental offers alternatives to CPAP for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
Oral Appliances: Comfortable. Convenient. Portable.
An oral appliance is a small, custom-made, easy-to-use alternative to CPAP. The device will gently and slightly move your jaw forward, just enough to clear the obstruction that is preventing you from sleeping properly.
Also known as a mandibular advancement appliance, a snore guard, or a mouthpiece, this therapeutic dental device has myriad benefits.
- Small, portable, and convenient to travel with
- Non-electric, unlike CPAP, resulting in zero excess noise while you sleep
- Custom-designed to provide maximum comfort
After carefully considering all the important factors, Dr. Iregui will recommend the ideal treatment plan for you. Oral appliance brands available at SoundBridge include Herbst appliance, AVEO, Narval, Oasys, Oravan Herbst, SUAD, and SUAD Ultra.
Additional CPAP Alternatives
As mentioned above, sleep apnea treatments vary patient to patient. Along with oral appliances, there are other alternatives to CPAP that will help reduce your symptoms of sleep apnea. Lifestyle changes, positional therapy, and potential surgeries are all options for you to help get a good night’s sleep.
Simple lifestyle changes to your daily routine and diet can have a positive effect on your sleep apnea. If you’re a smoker, quitting can make a huge impact on your condition. In addition, minimizing alcohol consumption and the use of sleeping pills will also ease your symptoms. Weight loss is another effective treatment for those who are overweight and obese. Simple dieting and exercising work great for many patients.
Positional therapy– training yourself to sleep on your side — is another way certain patients can help their sleep apnea. There are a few simple, and complex, techniques and devices that aim to prevent those people from sleeping on their back. For example, wear a pocketed t-shirt backwards and insert a tennis ball in the pocket. When you roll on your back at night, the ball will maneuver you to turn on your side.
A number of surgeries are also available, including nasal surgery, adenoidectomies, maxillomandibular advancement surgery, and the tracheostomy. Newer treatments, such as the laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty and the palate Coblation®, are less invasive but are also less tested and can be more expensive