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.