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Alternatives to CPAP

Alternatives to CPAP

If you are one of the many millions of Americans suffering from sleep apnea, you may already be aware of the horrors of CPAP, the most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a specially designed mask that uses pressure to send air flowing through the nasal passages.

The negative effects of CPAP

Although the CPAP is the most common treatment, that does not mean that it is the best. According to research only 23% – 45% of patients have success with it. Because it is only a temporary solution, it must be worn all night, every night in order to be successful. Unfortunately, due to the bulkiness of the device, most patients only end up wearing it around 4 hours of the night when it should be worn around double that. People using CPAP have rightfully complained of negative side effects such as facial breakouts, eye and nasal irritation, mouth dryness, runny nose and sore throat.

The device requires the use of a mask over the nose and mouth and can be very uncomfortable to sleep and travel with. Those who breathe through their mouths and who sleep on their stomachs tend to have trouble using the CPAP all night, as well as people with allergies. If you are sick of using a CPAP, you should know there are other options.

Alternative Solutions for Sleep Apnea

Here at Stanley Dentistry, we want to help make your life easier. For mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, we offer a small, oral device that can have you breathing easy without the cumbersome CPAP mask. This simple oral appliance can be worn in the mouth during sleep and is significantly more comfortable than the CPAP.

Our oral appliance looks similar to a mouth guard, but it works by moving the tongue or lower jaw forward, which opens your airway and makes it easier to breathe. The appliance is small, comfortable, easy to wear, and easy to travel with – making it a win-win for everyone.

You don’t have to suffer anymore. To learn more about our alternatives to the CPAP device, contact us today. We would love to help you with our sleep apnea therapy in Cary, NC.

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