Treatment Alternatives to Surgery
Other sleep apnea treatments can take the place of surgery and are a more effective and permanent solution.
A continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. It is 100% effective when used 100% of the time you sleep and can treat mild to severe obstructive, central, and complex sleep apnea.
It’s a mask that you wear over your nose or mouth (or both depending on the severity of your sleep apnea) connected to a tube that runs to a machine. The machine supplies a constant stream of oxygen into your airway. The air pressure holds your airway open and stimulates your lungs to breathe.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy is an alternative to sleep apnea surgery and CPAP. It’s for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and doesn’t require a machine, tubes, or a mask. Your oral appliance is a small orthotic that you wear whenever you sleep. It’s the size of a mouthguard, but it isn’t meant to protect your teeth. It repositions your jaw forward, so there is enough room in your airway for oxygen to pass through.
You can take your oral appliance with you anywhere in your pocket and pop it in whenever you sleep without needing electricity or distilled water as you do with a CPAP. Many patients prefer this sleep apnea treatment because it’s comfortable, easier to adhere to than CPAP, and highly effective. If you worry about sleep apnea, take our sleep quiz.
But before you can receive treatment, you’ll need to obtain a diagnosis which can only be given with a sleep study. SleepTest.com offers convenient at-home sleep studies that you can complete in only two nights.