CPAP Alternatives

You’re trying to have a peaceful night’s sleep, but the soft tissues at the back of your mouth suddenly decide it’s best to collapse back into your throat! What does that do? You guessed it – it leaves you gasping for air!

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing disorder that affects men and women of all age groups.
The condition typically goes unnoticed; many people chalk up their morning headaches to an improper night’s sleep. This is only partly true – you did have an improper night’s sleep, and it was because you temporarily stopped breathing while you slept! Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea, you might have stopped breathing hundreds of times while you slept!

There are several treatment options available for sleep apnea. You probably think there’s only one – the CPAP machine, but we’re here to tell you that is not the case.

What Is A CPAP Machine?

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is the most common mechanical treatment option available for obstructive sleep apnea.

The machine consists of a face mask attached to a barometer that supplies your chest with a constant wave of pressure to keep your chest muscles from collapsing during sleep.

While the CPAP machine can offer great results to patients who use them, it is often difficult to maintain compliance with these machines as they can be uncomfortable to use. Patients have reportedly failed to use them because they are loud and a hassle to use and disturb their bed partner!

Are There Any Alternatives To The CPAP Machine?

Yes, there are! Treatment options for CPAP machines fall into three broad categories:

  1. Conservative
  2. Mechanical
  3. Surgical

CPAP machines can cause the following side effects:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling claustrophobic
  • Feeling anxious
  • Discomfort
  • Nosebleeds
  • Skin irritation

What Is Conservative Management?

Conservative management refers to treatment options that do not involve any surgeries, appliances, medicines, or such. The condition is treated as conservatively as possible. For sleep apnea, conservative management usually involves:

Losing Weight

Improving Nutrition

Quit Smoking

Avoid Alcohol

Improve Sleep Schedule

What Are Mechanical Treatment Options?

A CPAP Machine is an example of a mechanical treatment option, but there are other options available:

  • Oral Appliances
  • Mandibular Advancement Devices

What Are Surgical Treatment Options?

Surgeries are usually the last resort when it comes to treating sleep apnea. Ideally, we will try to incorporate conservative or mechanical treatment options before introducing surgical treatment options. Some of which include:

  • Tonsillectomy
  • Hypoglossal nerve stimulation
  • Tissue Reduction
  • Tracheostomy
  • Mandibular advancement surgery

Ready To Get Started?

Sleep For Life Atlanta is here for you! We want to help you sleep better and offer you options instead of just prescribing you a CPAP machine. CPAPs have poor compliance, and we want you to be compliant with your sleep apnea treatment so that you feel better. Contact us today to explore all the other ways you can treat your sleep apnea!