Sleep Apnea / CPAP Alternative

SleepApneaCPAPAlternativePeople with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times throughout the night for a minute or longer.  This puts significant stress on your heart, lungs and other organ systems.  When Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs, the tongue and soft palate collapse onto the back of the throat and completely block the airway which restricts the flow of oxygen.  If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including headaches, weight gain, anxiety/depression, irritability, memory problems.  Over time, this can put you at risk for more serious health concerns such as diabetes, hypertension/high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular disease and even death.  Most people with mild sleep apnea are aware that they snore and feel overtired or fatigued, but are unaware of potentially serious medical problems that may exist.  In addition to lifestyle adjustments, such as good sleep habits, exercise and weight loss, there are three primary ways to treat OSA and snoring: a CPAP machine, a Custom Oral Appliance from Dr. Burwell or surgery.

CPAP Alternative

CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is the most common and reliable non-surgical method for treating sleep apnea. However, some patients find CPAP to be bulky and uncomfortable. For these and other reasons, patients often do not wear the device as instructed.

Alternative treatment options for sleep apnea include oral appliance therapy and combination therapy. With oral appliance therapy, Dr. Burwell fits you with an FDA-approved custom oral device that slowly advances the lower jaw into a position that best keeps your airways open and improves breathing during sleep.

In some cases, combining CPAP with an oral appliance is more effective. Dr. Burwell may recommend this when CPAP or oral appliance alone is ineffective or when CPAP is not tolerated well, and thus compliance is unsatisfactory.