Why Patients Prefer CPAP Alternatives
The most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. It’s a device that pumps a constant flow of air into the airway through a mask worn over your nose and mouth. Though it’s effective, many patients are unhappy with their CPAP, causing them to stop using it altogether.
Patients often report their CPAP is loud, bulky, and uncomfortable to wear. It requires patients to sleep on their back, restricting any movement while sleeping. In some cases, patients feel claustrophobic while wearing the mask.
Oral Appliance Therapy: Simple, Quiet, Easy
Recent techniques and advancements in dentistry allow Dr. Bergida to provide more effective, individualized treatment options for our patients. We offer custom-made oral appliances as more comfortable CPAP alternatives. It’s an oral device that’s easy to wear, portable, and designed to fit your bite perfectly. They provide outstanding results for those who suffer from sleep apnea and experience excessive snoring.
Additional Treatments for Sleep Apnea
Seeking professional treatment for sleep apnea is critical for eliminating your symptoms and improving your quality of life. Dr. Bergida recommends making certain lifestyle changes to increase the success of your treatment. Some beneficial changes may include:
- Losing weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can help relieve and even eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.
- Reduce tobacco and alcohol consumption — Tobacco products, smoking, alcohol, and certain medications can exacerbate the symptoms of sleep apnea.
- Positional Therapy — Training yourself to sleep on your side can reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
- Mouth and throat exercises can strengthen your muscles so they’re less likely to contribute to sleep apnea.
- Surgery – Surgeries to remove excess tissue such as nasal surgery, adenoidectomies, maxillomandibular advancement surgery, and tracheostomies can also be used to treat sleep apnea.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
The only definitive way to determine whether you have sleep apnea is to undergo a sleep study. A qualified physician can conduct this study in a sleep laboratory or the comfort of your home.
In both cases, a specialist will monitor you while you sleep to study your vital signs and how many times you wake up. Once you’ve obtained a sleep study, we can review your data to figure out which sleep apnea treatment will work best for you.
Can you treat sleep apnea without CPAP?
Yes, it’s possible to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP machine. At Kew Family Dental, we’re proud to offer oral appliances as a more comfortable and less-invasive alternative to help relieve your sleep apnea symptoms.
While CPAP can be effective, many patients find it uncomfortable. Thankfully, Dr. Bergida customizes your oral appliances just for you so you can control your sleep apnea without sacrificing comfort.
Does insurance cover CPAP alternatives?
Many insurance companies will cover part of your sleep apnea treatment, including a custom oral appliance. The best way to know if your treatment will be covered is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bergida at our office in Queens. During your appointment, we’ll discuss your financing options so you and your family can get the sleep apnea treatment you deserve.
Treating Sleep Apnea With Dr. Bergida
To learn more about our sleep apnea care, just give us a call at (718) 849-9472 or fill out the form below. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and we can also arrange a free consultation with Dr. Bergida if you like.