Our CPAP Alternatives in Dunwoody
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many patients, including some who may not even know they have a problem. The condition is often caused by an obstruction from the soft palate and tongue, which relax during sleep and can end up blocking the airway. That’s why many instances of sleep apnea are specifically termed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
For many patients, a CPAP machine has provided valuable relief. They use a facemask, a hose, a bedside pump, and a steady stream of air to keep their airway open. But a CPAP machine isn’t right for everyone. Some have reported feelings of claustrophobia because of the mask. Others are kept awake by the noise, while still others have experienced side effects like:
- Skin irritation
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal bloating
Thankfully, CPAP isn’t the only treatment option patients can look to.
For some, treatment may be as simple as learning to sleep on their side instead of their back. Known as positional sleep apnea, Dr. Jeff Rodgers can help you treat it through the use of special cushions, body pillows, or body belts. Another new treatment, known as Provent, fits into the patient’s nose and uses the power of breathing to keep their airway open. Some may also benefit from surgical care.
However, the most common alternative to CPAP therapy is a simple oral appliance a patient wears at night while asleep. Oral appliances have quickly become recognized as an excellent alternative to therapy with CPAP. They work by repositioning the tongue and lower jaw, and each one is custom-made to fit comfortably around teeth.
Have you tried to curb or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms with CPAP only to find yourself facing new symptoms? If so, be sure to contact our office today to talk about your other options.