CPAP Alternative

Can’t tolerate CPAP? We have alternatives…

cpap-alternative-beverly-MASleep apnea is a condition that affects thousands of people, many who might not know they have it, and it can cause serious health concerns if left untreated. Due to the fact that sleep apnea is caused by your airway literally collapsing, the standard treatment for the condition is to use a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine.

This is essentially a machine connected to your nose by a hose which constantly forces air through the nose and down the airway. It’s a good machine and it means the difference, for many, between sleeping soundly through the night or having to go through a day on only a couple of hours worth of sleep. Unfortunately, as many things do, it has several downsides that make it unacceptable for some people.

First of all, there’s the machine itself. A CPAP has a small, rubber piece that fits over your nose. This is then held in place by straps that go all the way around your head. This is fine for many people, mind you, but there are plenty who find it nearly impossible to sleep with the feeling of two straps wrapped tightly around their head – never mind the often uncomfortable plastic and rubber nose cover – even if it is padded to keep the pressure to a minimum.

The machine also runs all night long, making it impossible for some people to sleep due simply to the machine’s own noise. While there are several other reasons, such as how difficult the machine can be to bring on trips, the monthly upkeep costs, etc., that some find CPAP to be annoying, these issues keep it from doing its job altogether.

Luckily, there is a CPAP alternative

One of the most effective CPAP alternatives and recommended as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea by the American Sleep Association and the American Association of Dental Sleep Medicine is Oral Appliance Therapy.  This involves the Dental Sleep Doctor making a custom fabricated oral appliance that is custom fit to your particular set of teeth and bite, and is designed to open the airway.  This then allows one to breathe normally all night long.  It also can stop snoring too!  Dr. Polan is such a dental sleep doctor.  He has treated hundreds of patients with great success (see our testimonial page).

If this option sounds like they might be something you’d be interested in, don’t wait another minute, talk to Dr. Polanto get more information and see if you can’t finally start getting a good night’s sleep again. After all, there’s nothing more important than making sure you get a full, restful night of sleep every night.

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