CPAP treatment for Longview sleep apnea sufferers not always the most suitable option
Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that has an enormous impact on a person’s wellbeing, both physically and emotionally. Although there are numerous treatment options to aid in the restoration of functional sleep, not every person will respond well to any given one. Most often, the first solution considered for sleep apnea is a combination of lifestyle changes and medical treatment with CPAP.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. This treatment is designed to hold the airway open during sleep by gently forcing air through the nasal passages. In order to accomplish the goal of an open airway with positive pressure, a mask must be worn over the nose. This mask is secured via a strap around the head. It is also attached to a small air compressor via a hose.
CPAP treatment is extremely successful. The problem is that a variety of discomforts may occur, causing a lack of compliance to the treatment plan. If the CPAP appliance is not worn, clearly there is no relief of sleep apnea.
Some of the issues that lead to poor CPAP compliance include:
- Disruption due to the noise of the bedside air compressor
- Discomfort due to air in the stomach
- Chronic sinus infections
- Skin irritation from the CPAP mask
- Ringing in the ears
- Chronic headaches
- Changes in the sound of the voice
- Eye irritation due to air leaking from the mask
- Nasal and throat dryness
- Difficulty breathing against air pressure
- Emotional upset over the appearance of wearing the CPAP mask for sleep
CPAP may be the primary medical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but with side effects such as these, it is easy to see why so many people cannot tolerate ongoing care. CPAP intolerance is quite common. Fortunately, patients from the Longview area can find a comfortable, effective alternative with their dentist.
Dr. Bruyere has successfully treated patients affected by mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea using customized treatment. Oral appliance therapy is extremely beneficial for those who prefer an effective CPAP alternative. Non-invasive, oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea is comfortable, portable, quiet, and discreet. In clinical trials, 96 percent of patients reported a significant decrease in symptoms and apneic episodes.
If obstructive sleep apnea is affecting your sleep, we can help. Contact us at 903-708-6116 for your consultation.