CPAP Alternatives for Treating Sleep Apnea

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you are likely familiar with a CPAP device. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and while effective at helping to restore proper breathing in sleep apnea patients, it can be intolerable and cause side effects for some. Those patients likely seek out an alternative solution to help them rest easier and safely.

Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

It is our goal to help you get the rest you deserve. While sleep apnea may not seem like a serious medical condition, it can have negative consequences if not properly diagnosed and treated. High blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, extreme fatigue, and weight gain are just some of the health conditions linked to sleep apnea. You have options when it comes to treatment, so do not let your health suffer due to fear or CPAP intolerance.

CPAP Intolerance

The design of the CPAP machine has undergone numerous advancements since its original debut in the 1980s, however some still experience disrupted sleep because of the constituents used or other factors. CPAP intolerance can refer to an allergy to specific materials or other factors, such as:

  • Feeling of claustrophobia
  • Leaking masks due to an ill-fit
  • Uncomfortable head gear
  • Irritation
  • Allergy to latex
  • Discomfort due to noise from the CPAP machine

CPAP Alternatives

If you suffer from restless nights due to sleep apnea or a CPAP device, talk to Dr. Hanookai about alternative options. She may recommend options such as wearing an oral device, losing weight if you are overweight, changing sleep positions, or making other lifestyle changes. Together, we can create a customized treatment plan that may eliminate the need for a CPAP device.
Enjoy a full night’s rest again. Contact us today to learn more about your sleep apnea options.

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