#The standard of treatment for sleep apnea is the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy. In this treatment option, normally the first one prescribed by sleep centers for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea, the patient’s airways are kept open by a constant supply of pressurized air. The patient must wear a specially designed mask that delivers air from a pump into the patient’s nasal passages. This ensures that the apnea sufferer can sleep freely without worrying about the collapse of airways that occurs during sleeping.

In most cases, this positive pressure keeps the airways sufficiently open to minimize or stop snoring, and a number of attachments are available to address other sleep difficulties including:

  • Nasal dryness
  • Headaches
  • Irritated eye

To be effective the CPAP mask must be worn properly every night, making it an unpleasant solution for many people.

Sleep apnea is defined as the cessation of breathing during sleep for at least 10 seconds, and at least 5 times in an hour.
But there is help out there!

While nearly 100% effective when properly used, under actual conditions CPAP has only a 25-45% success rate. Because of the way people toss and turn at night, many only wear the mask for 4 hours a night, and people who sleep on their stomachs or breathe through their mouths may not get maximum benefit from the treatment. And those who do wear the mask all night may suffer from other difficulties, including:

  • Breakouts and irritation from the straps
  • Eye and nasal irritation
  • Mouth dryness
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Nightmares
  • Noisy unit

For people who have tried CPAP and found it to be a poor solution, a number of different treatment options exist.

The next most popular treatment option, after CPAP, is oral appliance therapy, which, for many apnea sufferers is a far better alternative. Oral appliances hold the mouth open and position the tongue so that openness in the airways is maintained all night. Because the appliance is contained completely in the mouth, it does not interfere with sleep movements, nor does it cause skin disruptions or other irritations. And, because the appliance is not powered, there is neither a noisy mechanical unit to disrupt you or your partner’s sleep, nor is there a constant consumption of energy as the pump runs all night.

To learn more about what alternatives might be effective in treating your obstructive sleep apnea, contact the Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Center in Gurnee, Illinois, for a free initial consultation.

Call us today at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK