Sleep Apnea: Alternatives Most People Don’t Know About

Did you know, there are more than 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea? That is a huge number!

For years, the CPAP has been the major treatment option for those with obstructive sleep apnea. But, more and more people are opting to not use the CPAP machine.

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Patients complain that the CPAP causes extremely dry nose, mouth, sore throat, bloating, and gas. Or, say that wearing the mask makes them feel claustrophobic. Some even say that the CPAP machine causes vivid nightmares.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

An Alternative to the CPAP Machine

There are sleep apnea alternatives out there. And, depending on the severity of your sleep apnea there may be less drastic ways to treat your condition and finally start sleeping well.

With our patients, we have had great success with the mandibular advancement device. In fact, Seventy-percent of users report an immediate improvement. This appliance fits like a retainer. It repositions the lower jaw which keeps the tongue in it’s proper place. When your tongue is positioned correctly your airway stays open.

For less severe cases, there are other sleep apnea alternatives to consider. Positional therapy has been known to work well for those whose airway only closes when they roll onto their backs. This therapy involves strategically placed pillows that don’t allow someone to roll onto their backs during the night.

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If you or someone you love is waking the entire house with their snoring, there are a few home remedies you can try. They have varying degrees of success depending on the causes and severity of the snoring. Try elevating the head with a thicker pillow. Or place a humidifier in the room to increase the moisture within the air. Both of these will help keep the airway open.

Weight can also be a contributing factor to sleep apnea and snoring. And a balanced diet and regular exercise will also aid in healthy sleep patterns.

Which Alternative is Right for You?

While there are sleep apnea alternative treatments available, it is a serious condition that should be checked and monitored by a doctor. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, give our dental office in Boise a call and we can get you set up with a complimentary consultation to find out.

~Dr. Wagner