Why Patients Don’t Like CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the first line of defense for patients suffering from Sleep-Disordered Breathing, such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It’s a bedside machine that generates pressurized air which is delivered through a tube and mask, covering the nose, to keep the airway open.
Though CPAP is considered the “Gold Standard” for OSA treatment, the device has been described as uncomfortable, awkward-to-use, and has led to a common dilemma known as “CPAP Intolerance.” This has caused up to 50 percent of patients to stop using their machines altogether because they’re unable to sleep.
Oral Appliances⎼Easy, Quiet & Convenient
Many of our patients in the Greater Nashua area find relief for snoring and sleep apnea using our customized oral appliances. This CPAP alternative is a small device that gently shifts your jaw forward to keep the airway open while you sleep, allowing you to breathe freely throughout the night.
Each oral appliance, or splint, is customized to fit securely in your mouth for maximum comfort and flexibility. It’s silent, affordable, discreet, convenient, and completely portable. Even if you don’t suffer from sleep apnea, oral splints can be used to prevent TMJ issues like teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching while sleeping.
Oral appliances can work in several ways depending on your individual needs:
- Repositioning of the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and/or uvula
- Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
- Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
Additional Alternatives to CPAP
If you’re struggling with sleep apnea, integrating certain lifestyle changes with proper treatment can reduce your symptoms and enhance your results. Natural remedies to help relieve snoring and sleep apnea include:
- Regular exercise and a well-balanced diet, like the Mediterranean diet, are effective ways to lose weight and reduce excess tissue that’s blocking the airway.
- Positional therapy, or adjusting your sleep position, discourages patients from sleeping on their back. It’s used to improve breathing patterns and reduce snoring.
- Throat and mouth exercises can relieve symptoms of sleep apnea. It works by strengthening the muscles along the airway.
- Limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding tobacco can help reduce the severity of sleep apnea symptoms.
After you’ve been diagnosed, a sleep physician will be needed to provide a diagnosis from which we will help you create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. This will include which remedies and lifestyle changes would work best, along with the most effective oral appliance for you.