Fortunately, there are sleep apnea treatment alternatives that many people like better than CPAP. For mild sleep apnea, lifestyle modification may give enough improvement that CPAP is not necessary. For mild or moderate sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy is a medically-proven treatment alternative that is comfortable, portable, simple to use and care for, and effective. Although CPAPs are the preferred method of care for patients with severe sleep apnea, we have had great success treating severe sleep apnea patients who can’t tolerate their CPAPs.
Different oral appliances work in different ways, but most are mouthpieces worn to improve the openness of the airway. Some are called mandibular advancement splints. These mouthpieces work by gently repositioning the lower jaw, which is connected to the soft tissues in the throat, including the tongue, so that the soft tissues are less likely to block the airway. These CPAP alternatives also work to prevent snoring, and are now considered the best first line of treatment for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
To learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options, please contact Dr. Roger Roubal in the Omaha today for an appointment.