Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP
Sleep apnea is a common disorder that causes inconsistent breathing during sleep and can be harmful to your health. If you snore loudly or have a hard time sleeping soundly, you may need to be evaluated by your doctor for sleep apnea.
Signs and symptoms include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Mood Changes
- Dry mouth
- Loud snoring
- Respiratory issues
- Difficulty focusing
When you experience restless sleep with episodes of inconsistent breathing, overtime you can develop serious heart and health complications. If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or feel your sleep patterns align with a sleep apnea patient, it is time to find a treatment plan.
Many new patients begin treatment using a CPAP machine, however this large and noisy device can often deter restful nights. Luckily, there are alternative treatment plans, such as an oral appliance; this treatment is highly effective and requires no adjustment period.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options
Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep dentist can assess a treatment plan that fits your needs.
CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, is a machine that can help produce steady breathing. The device includes a full mask, air pump, and tubes, that enable air to pump into your lungs.
In order for this treatment to work properly, you must wear this device every night. Most patients find it hard to adjust to this form of treatment and often experience the following symptoms:
- Smothering sensation
- Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
- Skin irritation around mask placement
- Nose and throat irritation
- An increased risk of sinus infection
- Airway dryness
- CPAP intolerance
Oral Appliance Therapy
A popular alternative therapy is called oral appliance therapy. This consists of a simple mouthguard that divides your upper and lower jaw slightly to promote quiet, sound sleep.
Oral appliance therapy is affordable and effective; patients adjust quickly with no additional symptoms.
Sleep Apnea Treatment in Denver Highlands
Our specialized sleep apnea orthodontist, Dr. Friedman, is ready speak to you about your trouble sleeping with a CPAP device. Dr. Friedman has worked with several patients who seek alternative options and is able to offer solutions that will help you enjoy a restful night of sleep.