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You can’t sleep, you can’t fall asleep, you can’t stay asleep. You wake too early every morning. You finally drift off too late at night. You are far from being yourself. Your health is suffering. You want answers – NOW.

Even more than just an answer – you want solutions. . .

 

I thought CPAP was a Sleep Apnea Treatment Alternative?

CPAP means Continuous Positive Airway Pressure – considered as “the solution” by health care professionals. CPAP is almost always the initial prescription for therapy by sleep centers for those experiencing sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many do not immediately consider alternatives to CPAP when prescribing this solution which can be difficult to use.

The specially designed mask is worn while sleeping. The mask uses pressure, sending airflow through the nasal passages and this influx of oxygen prevents the throat from collapsing while sleeping. The patient is able to breathe freely and eliminates the ‘apnea’’ from occurring during the night.

There are added benefits to the CPAP appliance as well. Wearing the mask will reduce and even stop snoring all together, allowing your bed partner a better night’s sleep. CPAP can also decrease headaches, nasal dryness and irritated eyes; all symptoms of sleep apnea. Sufferers must wear the mask each and every night as this appliance only offers a temporary solution.

While CPAP is the most frequently prescribed treatment – it is equally as unpopular. After using CPAP for an extended amount of time, a high percentage of patients have indicated they detest the CPAP appliance and want alternatives. Here are the reasons behind the issues:

When used as intended and by following proper instructions, CPAP has a high rate of success – close to 100%. The problem unfortunately, is CPAP is a difficult appliance to commit to using daily. The device requires that the mask cover your mouth and nose and be worn consistently night after night. Preferably, it should be worn all night long, every night. A large percentage of people that employ the device, regrettably wear it for 4 hours (or less) every night. That results in a success rate between 23% – 45%.

There are additional problems. The straps of the mechanism can lead to facial breakouts and the appliance lends itself to irritated eyes and nose, a runny nose, dryness of the mouth and sore throat. Patients using CPAP will find difficulties with the device if they suffer from allergies, habitually breathe through their mouth or tend to sleep on their stomachs. After using CPAP for a time and discovering the treatment isn’t working for them, patients often benefit from oral appliance therapy or other such alternatives to CPAP.

Frequently Asked questions About CPAP (CPAP FAQ)

 

What does CPAP stand for?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. While you sleep, a machine is used to rectify sleep apnea symptoms and aid in the prevention of snoring.

 

How does CPAP work?

A continuous air flow is forced through your nose with CPAP. When your muscles relax during sleep, this steady pressure prevents your airways from collapsing. The result – you maintain a constant oxygen level throughout the night.

 

Does CPAP cure sleep apnea?

No. CPAP cannot cure sleep apnea. It’s a temporary solution preventing from the suffering of symptoms.

 

Do I need a prescription?

Yes. You require a prescription to purchase a unit.

 

Are there different types of CPAP models? Yes, there are three basic types:

  • CPAP – delivers one constant level of pressure
  • APAP – starts out at a low pressure, senses when you are having a sleep apnea event and raises the pressure to accommodate
  • BiPAP – uses a higher pressure when you inhale and lower pressure when you exhale

 

Are there any solutions that are alternatives to CPAP?

Yes. A change in diet or lifestyle can alter certain patients’ sleep apnea. Oral appliances – a device used in re-positioning your jaw and/or tongue – are available. In extreme and severe cases, some people require surgery.

 

Do I have to use CPAP nightly?

Yes. The benefits of CPAP are only obtained when instructions are precisely followed and this includes wearing the device nightly. Even missing one night can result in an episode of sleep apnea.

 

What about travel?

The CPAP machine is able to be transported. Talk to the airline ahead of time if you are flying to make arrangements or determine their policy. Your CPAP machine could be damaged if you include it in your checked luggage so plan to carry it on.

When travelling by car or planning on a camping trip, CPAP machines are available with options. Research units run on batteries or can operate while plugged into a car lighter.

Does my insurance cover CPAP?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition and has been linked to numerous health problems. Insurance policies vary, but most will cover CPAP. It’s in their best interest to insure it as a preventative measure.If you have mild to severe sleep apnea, or snore heavily, call or email us today and we can identify the sleep apnea treatment that is right for you.

Millennium Dental has a great expertise and experience in recognizing and determining the cause of your sleeplessness. Taking into account a number of factors – including your symptoms,  gender, age, medical history and current emotional state – Millennium Dental will provide you with a full analysis and works with you to find answers . . . .  and the solutions.

Gain Control of Your Life Today and Find Alternatives to CPAP – Now.

Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems and when improperly treated, can increase the risks to your health. Choosing a dentist who has experience and expertise with sleep-disorders and who is qualified to work with you is crucial to your health or the health of a loved one.

 

Waking up shouldn’t be hard to do…

You can gain control of your days by taking care of your nights. Contact our office today and find out which treatment options best suits your sleep (or lack thereof) problem.

To optimize your health and get answers (AND SOLUTIONS) to your snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, and all sleep disorder questions, your search is over.

 


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