I Don’t Like My CPAP Machine. What Other Sleep Apnea Solutions Are There?
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Sun 08/27/2023 - 09:00
Individuals with sleep apnea experience regular interruptions in breathing while asleep, and symptoms often include loud, disruptive snoring, issues with memory, and even daytime sleepiness. To help with these symptoms, providers often recommend CPAP. However, this device is often accompanied by a host of problems that make it an undesirable treatment option. In fact, it is common for patients to find their CPAP machines difficult to use regularly. The doctors at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions fully understand the perspective of patients that want help with their sleep apnea but cannot tolerate CPAP machines. This is why oral appliance therapy is available for patients who prefer a more convenient and effective sleep apnea solution.
CPAP Side Effects
Patients who use a CPAP machine to treat their sleep apnea often end up experiencing undesirable side effects, including:
Skin irritation: The mask portion of the CPAP machine can cause skin discomfort. When the mask is not properly fitted, sores, marks, and rashes can show up. Additionally, for patients with sensitive skin, the materials that the mask is made of, such as silicone, can lead to skin reactions, making it difficult for patients to use the machine consistently.
Upper respiratory infections: During CPAP use, bacteria in the mouth and throat enter the machine’s hose. However, if the machine is not cleaned properly, users could be at risk of developing upper respiratory infections.
Nasal congestion: Congestion often occurs while using a CPAP machine. Other common occurrences are dry nasal passages and runny rose.
Dry mouth: Those undergoing CPAP therapy often experience mask leaks, which occur when air goes into the nose and comes out of the mouth, or when the mask does not fit securely. When the mouth cannot close while using the machine, dry mouth often occurs. Additionally, in cases of poorly fitting masks, pressurized air can reach the eyes, leading to dry eyes and irritation.
Oral Appliance Therapy
At New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions, Oravan oral appliances are offered to patients to treat their sleep apnea. It is the first FDA-cleared intraoral device for the treatment of OSA. This user-friendly device is custom-made for each patient and works by positioning the jaw forward to keep the airway unobstructed. Benefits include:
Reduced episodes of breathing disruptions: An airway that is clear makes it possible to experience the deep, restorative sleep you need with few or no breathing interruptions; this also means a reduction in the health risks associated with sleep apnea.
Superior comfort: Patients who are tired of cumbersome CPAP machines can rest easy with comfortable Oravan appliances.
Customized: Because these oral appliances are customized, you can expect a secure fit and effective treatment.
Contact Our Office Today
If you are ready to experience sleep without the hassle of CPAP machines, contact us today to learn more about oral appliance therapy at New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions. Book an appointment by calling our office or using the online form.