Alternative to CPAPRidgefield, NJ
For many patients, a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is the right solution. However, if you are not satisfied with the results or you have problems with the device, consider different approaches. Alternatives to CPAP can involve oral appliance therapy devices, snoring treatment and other solutions that help prevent symptoms from interrupting sleep.
Alternatives to CPAP treatment are available at Bergen Health & Wellness in Ridgefield and the surrounding area. Sleep apnea is a serious condition where a person stops breathing. This cessation of breathing can occur for a few seconds at a time or up to a few minutes. Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD can help find a solution to this issue and other sleep problems.
Call us at (201) 945-5353 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the alternatives to CPAP treatment.
Understanding sleep apnea
Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from sleep apnea. Loud and constant snoring are significant indicators that a person has this condition. Another sign that someone is struggling with sleep apnea is the feeling of drowsiness throughout the day even after a full night of sleep. There are three categories of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea which occurs when the muscles in a person’s throat relax
- Central sleep apnea which occurs when the brain does not communicate correctly with the muscles that regulate breathing
- Complex sleep apnea which is a combination of the two other categories
What a CPAP machine does
These machines treat the obstructive form of sleep apnea. Patients use them while they sleep to help control breathing properly and prevent sudden stopping and starting of breathing. The machine includes a hose and mask, which the person will wear. The apparatus gives the wearer a continual flow of air to assist in effective breathing.
There are possible drawbacks to using a CPAP machine. Patients need to consider these concerns before deciding whether to use this treatment. For example, patients who have claustrophobia may feel restricted by the mask. In some cases, the mask itself will not fit or may even irritate the skin. Other people report having difficulty getting accustomed to the forced air.
An alternative to CPAP
Fortunately, there are options for people who do not enjoy using a CPAP. If there are no signs of improvements overcoming sleep apnea, patients need to consult Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD at our sleep clinic/wellness center. While it may make sense to give this machine a few chances, there is no reason to persist if it is not working.
At Bergen Health & Wellness, we will cater treatment to each patient’s needs. With our sleep apnea treatments, patients will be able to overcome the effects of sleep apnea and get more restful nights. To combat sleep apnea, some people may not need to use any machines or mouth appliances. Sometimes, changing daily habits can produce results. Patients who drink alcohol regularly and have breathing issues at night should think about cutting back or quitting altogether.
Since alcohol can relax muscles in the throat, there is more risk for the patient. When this happens, it can restrict airflow into the mouth, which may lead to snoring. Exercising and eating right, which could lead to weight loss, may also be beneficial.
Change sleep positions
For some patients, combatting sleep apnea may be as easy as picking a different sleeping position. Our medical practitioner can help identify positions that cause breathing difficulty and those that might promote more airflow while the patient is asleep. Sleeping on one’s side, for instance, could help overcome this condition.
Snoring and other breathing challenges often happen when the person is sleeping on their back. Side positions may open airways for breathing. The medical practitioner might also fit the person with a belt that will force the person to stay on their side.
Another choice that patients should think about is a mouth appliance. People often use mouthguards at night to discourage teeth grinding. Our device is similar but focuses on controlling snoring and sleep apnea. The mouthguard will keep the tongue in place and push the jaw forward.
These actions should keep the airway open and allow for proper breathing. We will help to ensure the appliance is a custom fit so the patient can wear it comfortably during sleep. This appliance is convenient to bring on trips since it is the size of a retainer and easy to clean.
Find the right solution for your needs
Once you choose a different sleep apnea treatment, our sleep clinic/wellness center will follow up to make sure it is meeting your needs. While you may have to make additional adjustments to your routine, we are here to help. Regardless of what you choose, you can have peace of mind and sleep well once again.
Call us at (201) 945-5353 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Portale, DMD, MAGD and our team today.
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