Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. However, this does not mean it’s the most comfortable or the best for all needs.
A majority of sleep apnea cases are obstructive. This means the airways become blocked by soft tissue or the tongue during sleep. CPAP can be used to treat this type of sleep apnea, but many patients find the tubes and respirators required for these machines to be intrusive, uncomfortable, and unpleasant. And now, with the recall of millions of CPAP devices due to potentially fatal complications, there is one more reason for people with obstructive sleep apnea to seek out effective alternatives.
Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea
At The Smile Centre, we offer customized snore guards to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Designed to fit comfortably into your mouth, these devices gently slope the jaw to improve airflow while securing soft tissue to eliminate the risk of obstruction. Comfortable and safe, nightguards also reduce sleep apnea symptoms, such as snoring, along with risks for the complications, such as cognitive dysfunction and excessive daytime fatigue, which can accompany the disorder.
In addition to specialized oral devices, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea may be reduced with:
- Weight Loss
- Improved Diet
- Becoming More Active
- Not Smoking
Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in tobacco smokers and may be more likely to affect males. Leading a healthy lifestyle, particularly if you have a family history of sleep apnea, can help reduce your chances of developing the disorder. It can also help treat symptoms if the problem develops independently.
IS CPAP Dangerous?
CPAP has been used medically in the United States for over 40 years. These devices have an impressive safety record, even when used by infants and small children. While there is currently a recall for CPAP devices, the issue is with component parts, not the machines themselves.
CPAP remains an effective and safe option for treating many types of sleep apnea. It is not, however, necessary in all cases. Is it necessary in yours? We are here to help you find out.
If you are looking for an alternative to CPAP, call The Smile Centre at 941-351-4468 to schedule a consultation at our Sarasota location. We welcome patients from Fruitville, Laurel, Palmetto, and all nearby areas of Florida.