If you live with sleep apnea, your doctor may prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to help you breathe while you sleep. However, Katharine Christian, DMD, and the team at Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center in Seattle, Washington, understand that CPAP machines aren't an effective solution for everyone. Consequently, they offer CPAP alternatives that can help improve your breathing while you sleep. To learn more about CPAP alternatives, call Snoring & Sleep Apnea Center, or schedule an appointment online today.
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.
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 that would be the best for you.
Any device must be comfortable and easy to maintain to be effective. This includes CPAP machines and oral appliances. Dr. Christian does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. She will treat you as an individual with unique needs and treatment expectations, and she will customize an optimal plan that fits your lifestyle and your budget. The dramatic and emotional stories we hear from patients who have successfully treated their snoring/sleep apnea are akin to stories we hear about major weight loss, or other huge, positive lifestyle changes.
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.