Comfortable, convenient alternative to CPAP therapy in Willoughby Hills
Sleep apnea is a serious health issue that affects millions of Americans. For many years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy was the mainstay in treatment for the condition. But while CPAP machines are effective at ensuring you receive ample oxygen while you sleep, they can present several problems for people using them and many people end up abandoning them. At Snoring and CPAP Solutions in Willoughby Hills, Dr. Michael Stern uses a different approach when it comes to treating sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is a comfortable, convenient alternative to CPAP therapy that can safely and effectively treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Why does CPAP treatment fail?
Many patients come into our office having tried CPAP therapy but searching for a different solution – and for good reason. CPAP machines are not well tolerated by a lot of patients because the machines are noisy (for both you and your bed partner), require you to wear a cumbersome face mask while you sleep, are difficult to travel with, and need an electrical source to work. Even for patients who can tolerate these issues, CPAP treatment may not work due to the structure of their sinuses or nasal passage, congestion due to allergies, or other underlying conditions. A study by the Cleveland Clinic found that less than half of people who were prescribed CPAP therapy were still actively using it after three years.
CPAP alternatives for sleep apnea
Fortunately, there are effective alternatives to CPAP machines. As a dental sleep medicine expert, Dr. Stern recommends oral appliance therapy in many cases. It simply involves wearing a custom-fabricated oral device that is like a sports mouthguard while you sleep. It is designed to keep your jaw slightly forward while you sleep so that your tissues do not block your airway. Oral appliance therapy is:
- Safe and FDA-approved for use in mild to moderate sleep apnea
- Quiet – it doesn’t make any noise, and can help you stop snoring
- Small and convenient for easy traveling and portability
- Comfortable and custom-designed for your unique mouth
- Non-invasive – you simply wear it over your teeth while you sleep rather than needing to wrestle with a face mask
To learn more about oral appliance therapy and whether it is right for you, schedule your free consultation at Snoring and CPAP Solutions today! You can reach us by calling (440) 833-6008 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.