Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
CPAP stands for continuous passive airway pressure. It works by increasing the pressure in your throat to prevent the airway from collapsing. While some people choose to use a CPAP machine to treat OSA, it can be a nuisance.
A CPAP machine requires that you wear an oxygen mask that’s attached to a console through a tube and it has to be plugged in. A CPAP machine is difficult to travel with and comes with a host of side effects and disadvantages including:
- Keeping the device clean
- Difficulty tolerated forced air
- Dry or stuffy nose
- Feeling claustrophobic
- Skin irritation or pressure sores
- Difficulty falling asleep for you and your sleep partner
The many disadvantages of wearing a CPAP machine may be the reason why 40% of people don’t initiate treatment or they don’t get their medication refilled and stop using the machine altogether.
The best treatment is the one you follow through with. An oral device is simple and easy to fit into your lifestyle. Best of all, it doesn’t require refilling medication and the maintenance is minimal.
A customized oral device fits like a retainer and can fit in the palm of your hand. It’s designed to gently bring your jaw forward, which opens up your airway and prevents it from collapsing. It’s effective for treating sleep apnea and snoring, which will reduce emotional distress in the long-run for both you and your sleeping partner.
Even though it’s extremely rare, in the most severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the tonsils and excess soft tissue to increase the flow of oxygen. However, other treatment options available before invasive techniques are considered.
If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with our office by calling (970) 259-5600. During the consultation, you’ll discuss your symptoms and Dr. Robison we’ll examine your mouth and throat to determine if you would benefit from a sleep study. If diagnosed with sleep apnea, we can begin treatment right away.