Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. One sign of possible sleep apnea is if you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. It untreated, apnea can lead to serious health problems. In addition to snoring, you can read about symptoms of chronic snoring and sleep apnea in our prior post.
There are three main types of sleep apnea:
- Obstructive sleep apnea – this is the more common form and it occurs when throat muscles relax
- Central sleep apnea – this type occurs when your brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
- Complex sleep apnea syndrome –the individual has both types of sleep apnea (obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea).
Sleep apnea treatment
A common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure—or CPAP—therapy. This requires a CPAP machine with a hose and face mask or nosepiece that delivers constant, steady air pressure to the user. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?
Although many people tolerate CPAP without incident, many others find the machine and mask to be bothersome at best and something to be avoided at all costs on the other end. The latter group are the people seeking a CPAP alternative due to common complaints with the CPAP mask:
- Poor fit, wrong size
- Mask leaks
- Can’t get used to it
- Can’t tolerate the forced air
- Nose is dry and stuff
- Dry mouth
- Feelings of claustrophobia/closed in
- Irritates the skin, causes pressure sore
- Makes it hard to fall asleep
In addition, there are some practical concerns for some people; for instance, those who travel, and would have to pack up and carry their CPAP machine with them wherever they go.
Alternatives to CPAP for apnea treatment
For sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea or central sleep apnea, there is an easy alternative to CPAP machines and CPAP masks—an non-invasive dental appliance developed by Dr. Warren Boardman of Bergen County Center for Snoring, Sleep Apnea and CPAP Intolerance. Similar to a sports mouth guard or one made for orthodontia, this is a custom-fitted mouthpiece worn while you sleep . . . and effective alternative to a CPAP mask and machine to treat sleep apnea and chronic snoring.
Contact Dr. Boardman’s office in Ridgewood, NJ for a consultation and this easy-to-use, easy-to-tolerate oral device—and join more than 1300 other people throughout northern New Jersey and the NY/NY metro area who are resting easy and sleeping better, thanks to this innovative alternative to a CPAP machine.