Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are a choice remedy for patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. That is because they provide constant and steady air pressure through your airway while you sleep at night. These devices are widely known for their ability to address symptoms like snoring and daytime drowsiness. This has helped many patients get the rest they need and the quality of life they deserve.
While this type of treatment was once highly reputable, a large number of patients have discovered that they have an intolerance to CPAP therapy, thereby decreasing its reputation as an effective option for treatment. Because it involves a significantly more complicated application process than other treatments, and because of its restrictive nature, CPAP therapy is often difficult for patients to use. At Dental Sleep Medicine Hawaii, Dr. Dennis Nagata uses Advanced Performance CPAP devices that are much smaller, more efficient and more tolerable than the older machines. Some patients may experience CPAP intolerance regardless. Luckily, we offer alternative sleep apnea treatment without CPAP machines.
One of the biggest problems with CPAP intolerance is that patients may take their machine home but not use it as directed. We strongly encourage you to use your CPAP machine as recommended to get the most effective treatment and a good night’s sleep, and to prevent further health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and more.
For some patients, a CPAP machine is incompatible with their lifestyle, whether it is because they travel regularly or because it further interferes with their sleep. This can be caused by factors such as mask leaks, restricted movement in bed, noise from the CPAP machine or simple discomfort from the headgear. Patients can also risk illness from using a dirty CPAP machine if they cannot find the time to clean it regularly. (Luckily, high-tech cleaners are available to help you with this should you need one.)
For patients who are intolerant, our dentist can provide sleep apnea treatment through a CPAP alternative, specifically oral appliance therapy. These appliances can be custom fit to rest comfortably in your mouth and significantly improve the symptoms of your sleeping disorder. These devices either prevent the tongue from falling back and obstructing airflow or move the jaw forward to open the airway.
Once you decide that an oral appliance is the best option for you, Dr. Nagata will make a 3D impression of your teeth using a digital scanner, which he will use to create a customized oral appliance that fits your mouth perfectly. Once the appliance is adjusted, you will be given instructions on how and when to use it. You may also be required to use the appliance for a long period of time to accurately gauge how well it is working for you and to ensure it is effectively treating your sleep apnea.
For more information on CPAP intolerance in Honolulu, Hawaii, contact our office today at 808-946-6326 and ask to meet Dr. Dennis Nagata! We can help you schedule a personal consultation where you can ask any specific questions you may have. Our sleep apnea dentist can help determine whether an oral appliance is right for your treatment.