Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-breathing disorder that causes individuals to stop and start breathing multiple times throughout the night. OSA is caused by the throat muscles and tongue relaxing back into the throat, blocking the airway.
One of the most common treatments available for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure ( CPAP) machines. Many patients report trouble sleeping and discomfort caused by the machine. This is likely caused by the face mask, which must be worn to pump compressed air into the body while you’re asleep.
Dr. Hans Schleicher offers OSA treatment alternatives for patients experiencing CPAP Intolerance. Learn more about CPAP Intolerance and discover if one of these alternatives could work for you.
What Are the Symptoms of CPAP Intolerance?
In addition to the general discomfort that the CPAP machine may cause, there are other symptoms patients may experience, including:
- Sinus irritation
- Changes in your diet or bloating
The CPAP machine is meant to improve sleep, which OSA previously hindered. If you are CPAP intolerant, speak with Dr. Schleicher about your treatment alternatives.
What Is the Alternative to the CPAP Machine?
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is a mouthpiece made to your mouth’s specifications. It is used to reposition the tongue and lower jaw, keeping the airway open while you sleep.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is preferred over the CPAP machine for many reasons. For one, it improves the symptoms of OSA, such as sleepiness, moodiness, and snoring. It also eliminates symptoms of CPAP intolerance, meaning patients should be experiencing better sleep and reduced fatigue.
It’s also convenient and easy for traveling since it can be packed away, much like someone would pack aligners or retainers.
An oral appliance also produces no sound and requires no electricity. This makes it much more convenient to use and does not disturb anyone in the room with you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re ready to move beyond the CPAP machine, discuss your symptoms with Dr. Schleicher today. He can help you find the right appliance and ensure it fits properly so you sleep comfortably throughout the night. Schedule a consultation today at (713) 828-8587.