For many sleep apnea patients, a CPAP alternative in Brentwood CA is preferred

Although various lifestyle modifications may improve sleep in the person who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, the standard medical therapy for this condition is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure.

The way that CPAP therapy works is with forced air, delivered through a mask worn during sleeping hours. This mask remains stable on the face with a strap that fits around the head. On the other end of the mask is a hose that extends to a small air pump that sits bedside. When the CPAP mask is worn as directed, the idea is that forced air will keep the airway open as muscles around the throat become fully relaxed.

The problem with CPAP therapy is not in effectiveness but more in design. The idea of keeping the airway open with forced air is solid, and it works. The issue is that patients prescribed CPAP therapy can experience a range of uncomfortable effects as they attempt to improve their quality of sleep. Some of the side effects that can stand in the way of compliance with CPAP treatment include:

  • Eye irritation due to air leakage from the mask
  • Emotional distress at having to be hooked to a mask and machine at night
  • Feelings of claustrophobia
  • Throat and sinus irritation from air pressure
  • Difficulty exhaling against air pressure
  • Persistent dryness in the throat and nasal passages
  • Chronic headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping through the noise of the air compressor
  • Changes to voice
  • Chronic sinus infections
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Stomach pain due to ingested air

CPAP intolerance does not have to mean living with obstructive sleep apnea and the associated health complications. Patients diagnosed with this sleep disorder can find help in the office of their experienced dentist. Dr. Jamil Alkhoury offers a CPAP alternative that many patients in the Brentwood, CA area find appealing. The comfort and efficiency of oral appliance therapy has been well documented and reported by patients themselves.

They key to eliminating the dangerous effects of obstructive sleep apnea is compliance. When treatment is uncomfortable, compliance will likely be a challenge. To discover a more comfortable path towards improved sleep, call Brentwood Family Dental at 925-344-5296.

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