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Can sleep apnea be treated without a CPAP machine?

Yes, sleep apnea can be treated without a CPAP machine. While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is a widely used and effective treatment for sleep apnea, it may not be suitable for everyone. Alternative treatment options include oral appliances, which are custom-made devices worn in the mouth to reposition the jaw and keep the airway open during sleep. These  FDA APPROVED, CUSTOM ORAL appliances are  FABRICATED ONLY by dentists specializing in sleep disorders, OR SURGERY.

ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY (OAT) IS ALSO DESCRIBED AS TREATMENT WITH A MANDIBULAR ADVANCEMENT DEVICE (MAD). THIS IS BECAUSE THE MECHANISM OF ACTION IS TO ADVANCE THE MANDIBLE (LOWER JAW) FORWARD AND REPOSITION THE TONGUE FROM OBSTRUCTING THE AIRWAY.

 Additionally, lifestyle changes such as weight loss, regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bedtime, and sleeping on your side can help manage mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. In some cases, surgery may be recommended to correct structural abnormalities in the airway. It is important to consult with a sleep-trained healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment approach based on individual needs and preferences.

About the author 

Howard Hoffman

Hi! I'm Howard J. Hoffman, D.D.S. Actually, my patients and even friends call me Doc H. You may remember hearing me talking about conscious sedation on the radio, which earned me another nickname, "Miami's original sedation dentist." I am a member of the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD).

Having practiced dentistry for over 45 years and working in Sleep Apnea since 1997.


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