Cons of Using a CPAP
At Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists, we help our patients attain the rejuvenated rest they’ve been longing for by offering effective and comfortable sleep apnea solutions. While there’s a number of ways to treat sleep apnea, the ideal solution varies from person to person. Through our treatment process, we ensure each patient will sleep comfortably without interruption or discomfort.
The most common form of sleep treatment is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. With CPAP therapy, you wear a face mask connected to an electric-powered machine that administers airflow and opens your throat throughout the night. Although the CPAP is the first recommended method of treatment, nearly half or more patients who use the mask aren’t persistent with it.
People who move a lot when sleeping or don’t typically sleep on their back have an especially hard time getting used to wearing a CPAP mask. For others, the noise it makes can be distracting for them and their sleep partner, as well as its invasive fit on a patient’s face. Luckily, as a first-hand sleep apnea sufferer herself, Dr. Rice knows which treatments work and offers a variety of CPAP alternatives that can guarantee a full night’s rest.
For patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance has become a popular option for individuals who are unable to comply with a CPAP mask consistently. Oral appliances help facilitate nighttime breathing without the need for an electric machine and giant mask.
The custom-made oral appliance moves the jaw forward slightly in order to clear the obstruction caused in your breathing airway. These dental mouthpieces offer numerous benefits that a CPAP doesn’t because they’re:
- Small, silent, and portable
- Comfortable and convenient
- Designed specifically for each patient
- More affordable
Another alternative Dr. Rice has found to be highly effective in treating sleep apnea is Nightlase Therapy. In this procedure, we use gentle yet effective laser pulses to open your airway, allowing you to breathe with ease as you rest. With the many advantages of laser dentistry, Dr. Rice has found this form of treatment to be non-invasive, safe, and deliver immediate results.
The entire procedure can be completed in just three visits and will leave you with long-lasting results. This alternative to CPAP can help you reclaim your sleep without the nuisance of wearing a mask or using a mouthguard.
Additional Sleep Apnea Relievers
Discovering all the options used to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms can improve the quality of your life, as well as your sleeping partner’s. For example lifestyle changes, at-home remedies, or in more severe cases, surgeries, can all be a huge help when it comes to receiving a full night’s sleep.
Eliminating smoking and reducing alcohol intake are both habits that can enhance your health and have a positive effect on your sleep apnea. Home remedies like positional therapy (sleeping on your side instead of back) or throat exercises are also successful ways to relieve your snoring patterns.
Lastly, potential surgeries, depending on the severity of your sleep condition, may be required. Some procedures include soft palate surgery, upper or lower jaw surgery, or nasal surgery.