One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, but many patients find these devices uncomfortable. When something is uncomfortable, of course, people tend not to use it. To help you find a solution that alleviates symptoms of sleep apnea and allows you a full night of rest, Dr. Arash Azarbal offers a number of alternatives to CPAP machines. One or more may be suitable for your needs; an in-person consultation is the best way to determine which, if any, can give you relief from this serious condition.
Oral appliances are one of the most effective and recommended alternatives to CPAP machines. Many different types of oral appliances are available, and Dr. Azarbal can guide you toward the ideal one for your needs.
A misconception about sleep apnea is that it only affects people who are overweight or obese. This is not always true, but excess weight can play a role. If your physician believes losing weight could aid in reducing your sleep apnea symptoms, this is one of the most affordable and minimally invasive ways to treat the condition, and it will often improve your overall health as well.
In severe cases of sleep apnea, oral surgery may be advised to open airways and reduce the size of tissues that are causing the blockage. In children, this usually means surgery on the tonsils or adenoids. For adults, the approach can vary from person to person. We can discuss your options if surgery is appropriate for you.
Sleep apnea is a very serious condition, and seeking treatment that works for your needs, goals, and lifestyle is paramount. If you’re dissatisfied with your CPAP device, talk to our team about alternatives that can work better for you.