CPAP Alternative Treatments
Receive Proper Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
If you’re having trouble sleeping and believe you may have sleep apnea, you need to undergo a sleep study to obtain a proper diagnosis. Once you get your sleep study done, it’s up to Dr. Ura to see what treatment works for you.
Sleep apnea disrupts the lives of millions of Americans, but there are effective treatments available. One of the most commonly prescribed treatments is the CPAP machine, which keeps patients’ airways open by blowing a steady stream of warm air into a mask that the patients wear over their faces. Unfortunately, CPAP doesn’t always work for everyone
What is CPAP?
Continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) is an effective sleep apnea treatment, but it does have some drawbacks. If you’ve been prescribed CPAP and you find that it’s difficult to wear throughout the night, you’re not alone. In fact, many patients complain that CPAP is loud and it limits their motion during the night. That’s why it’s common for patients to stop using CPAP after less than a year.
No matter how effective a particular treatment is, it won’t work if patients aren’t comfortable using it. If you’ve already tried CPAP and found it wasn’t for you, or if this is your first time seeking treatment for sleep apnea, Dr. Ura will find the treatment that works best for you.
At the Center for Dental Sleep Health, many of our sleep apnea patients find relief using our convenient custom oral appliances. Similar in appearance to a dental retainer, an oral appliance is a wearable device designed to treat sleep apnea by preventing your tongue and soft oral tissue from obstructing your airway. These portable dental mouthpieces are effective for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea patients.
Since your oral appliance is custom-made and designed just for you, it will fit comfortably in your mouth. It’s small, quiet, and it doesn’t require a power source, so you can take it anywhere. Our patients really appreciate the freedom they get with an oral appliance.
Positive Lifestyle Changes
Dr. Ura will work with a sleep physician to determine the ideal sleep apnea treatment for you. Dr. Ura may also recommend positive lifestyle changes that will help alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. These healthy steps will also enhance your overall health and wellbeing.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Solutions
These are the most common factors of sleep apnea. Dr. Ura provides healthy steps to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms:
- Control your weight: Being obese or overweight is a major risk factor for sleep apnea, so controlling your weight can help reduce the severity of your sleep disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the result of having an airway that’s too constricted to allow air to pass through, and obesity aggravates this by putting additional pressure on the airway.
- Avoid alcohol consumption: Alcohol use contributes to the effects of sleep apnea, especially when you drink before bedtime. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in your throat relax and allow the tissue to fall back into your throat, blocking the airway. The process is exacerbated by alcohol. That’s why it’s best to avoid alcohol, especially at night.
- Quit tobacco: Tobacco products such as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco such as dip and chew damage your health in numerous ways. Research demonstrates that the nicotine in tobacco makes patients more susceptible to sleep issues, including sleep apnea. Quitting tobacco isn’t easy, but it will improve your sleep quality and your overall health; The American Cancer Society has resources that can help.
Additional Sleep Apnea Strategies
There are a number of additional treatment strategies for sleep apnea that may be applied with or without other interventions. These are all methods used to help support healthy respiratory function:
- Tongue retaining devices
- Nasal decongestants
- Positional therapy
- Tongue exercises
In some cases, a sleep physician will recommend surgical treatment for sleep apnea. Common surgical procedures for alleviating sleep apnea include:
- Removing and repositioning extra soft tissue in the throat
- Correcting a deviated septum
- Opening the nasal passage
- Repositioning the jawbone forward
We’ll work closely with a sleep physician to ensure that you achieve the best possible results from treatment for your sleep apnea. Discover the benefits of a full night’s sleep and wake up feeling renewed and ready for a new day with the help of Dr. Ura and our Nashua dental team.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do oral therapy appliances last?
Custom oral appliances aren’t designed to last a lifetime. Typically, an oral appliance will last between one and two years. After that, the materials start to weaken and the device loses efficiency. If you choose to use an oral appliance for sleep apnea, our team will make sure you know when it’s time for a replacement.
Are oral therapy appliances covered by insurance?
In most cases, the cost of your sleep apnea treatment will be covered or supplemented by your medical insurance provider. However, it’s best to contact your insurance provider to review and understand your coverage.
Our office staff has the training and experience to help patients receive the care they deserve. If you’d like, we’d be more than happy to assist you and ensure you obtain the maximum amount of benefits at a minimal cost. Call our office at (603) 237-1124 if you have any questions or concerns.
Call Dr. Ura and Get Your Sleep Back
If you have sleep apnea and would like to learn more about alternative treatments, contact our Nashua office today at (603) 236-1124. Dr. Ura and our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can also fill out our online contact sheet and one of our team members will get back to you promptly.