Treatments for Sleep Apnea and Snoring in the Northwest
CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, has historically been one of the most common and effective treatments for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A CPAP machine uses a special face mask and compressor pump to keep airways open so that patients can breathe while they sleep. Though for some patients, CPAP doesn't effectively treat their sleep apnea. In fact, some patients may find that CPAP exacerbates certain symptoms while also leading to new ones they weren't experiencing before the treatment began. This is what our Seattle team refers to as CPAP intolerance. Signs of CPAP intolerance include:
- Nasal congestion
- Skin, eye, or sinus irritations
- Continued drowsiness
Thankfully, CPAP isn't the only treatment option for patients who struggle with OSA. With oral appliance therapy, our patients from Seattle and beyond have a CPAP-alternative to overcoming obstruction and getting the full night of rest they deserve.
Oral appliance therapy uses a comfortable, custom-made mouthpiece designed to reposition the patient's tongue and lower jaw, keeping airways clear. Not only will this device help OSA patients sleep better, it will also treat snoring, which often goes hand-in-hand with sleep apnea. What's more, there are many different kinds of mouthpieces to choose from. Dr. Christian will explain the appliance options would be the best for you. If one doesn't work, we can try different models until we find exactly the right fit for you.
Have you tried to treat your OSA with CPAP, only to experience unpleasant side effects? We want to help you find treatment that brings relief, and that could include oral appliance therapy. During a comprehensive, personal consultation with us, we will explain how treatment will work and answer any questions you might have. Contact us today for an appointment. We serve patients from Tacoma, Everett, Redmond, and Alaska. If you're a doctor who wishes to refer a patient, please use our referral form.