Sleep Apnea Treatment without CPAP
Do you ever gasp for air during the night? Snore like a locomotive or experience days where you drag, and feel sluggish? These are just a few of the side effects that people with sleep apnea deal with every day.
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the airway collapses or is blocked during sleep. To allow the individual to breathe correctly and safely, there are multiple devices on the market with one of the most frequently prescribed being a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. For OSA sufferers, CPAP allows a constant flow of air by way of the mask. However, sleep apnea treatment without CPAP is now available.
Bi-PAPBilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) is another device similar to the CPAP except it offers two alternating pressure options. BiPAP is most often recommended for people with central sleep apnea or severe forms of OSA because the two pressures mimic a normal breathing cycle, boosting weakened breathing patterns among patients. Supporting a breath while air is taken in, the positive airway pressure upon inhalation is higher. On the other hand, airway pressure upon exhalation is lower thus allowing the patient to breathe out.
Disadvantages of CPAP & BiPAP Masks
While both sleep apnea remedies, the CPAP and BiPAP masks, serve their purpose, they do come with a distinct disadvantage. Despite the many models on the market, the masks are not comfortable. When we go to bed at night there is the expectation that the stresses of the day will evaporate and we will wake up feeling refreshed. After all, the bedroom is supposed to be a safe haven allowing us to recharge our batteries overnight. Instead, these devices are a source of discomfort and constantly remind sleep apnea sufferers of their disorder.
A less obtrusive device is known as Provent. It is a patch with two small plugs, one for each nostril, which creates air pressure to keep the airway open at night. As the user exhales, the Provent creates a resistance preventing muscles from collapsing in the middle of the night. Unfortunately, one of the main drawbacks of Provent is that it doesn’t work well for people with nasal allergies or mouth breathers. In addition, it is not covered by Medicare.
Oral appliances can also be used to keep the airway open preventing sleep apnea episodes from occurring. A sleep apnea mouthpiece is used to push the jaw forward and thus keeping the airway open and/or preventing the tongue from obstructing the free flow of air. These devices can be effective but only qualify for people with mild sleep apnea who aren’t obese. Patients will also be required to make multiple return visits to the doctor for appliance repositioning and resizing.
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