Why People Seek Alternatives for CPAP
Nearly half or more of people who have tried CPAP machines don’t stick with the treatment. Continuous positive airway pressure is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, but many users say the mask is claustrophobic, loud, uncomfortable, and oftentimes irritates their skin and throat.
Don’t wait to treat your sleeping condition because doing so can increase your risk of more serious health problems. Our oral appliance devices combined with our holistic approach allows us to provide unique treatment modalities and techniques, ensuring healthy results you’ll be happy about.
Our Red Bank dental practice features Panthera, an FDA-approved oral appliance made from acrylic material. Dr. MacFarlane is dedicated to eliminating metals for a more comfortable and safe approach. This appliance is designed specifically for the patient and made to fit both their upper and lower jaw.
When the appliance is worn, it pulls the jaw forward and opens the airway, preventing both sleep apnea episodes and heavy snoring. Generally for mild to moderate sleep apnea sufferers, an oral appliance is small, non-invasive, easy to use, and more comfortable than CPAP machines. These dental mouthpieces will provide you with a refreshing, restful sleep, improve your overall health, and increase your energy level the next day.
Our Holistic Approach
While we provide oral appliances to help treat this sleep disorder, we also incorporate a holistic approach, combining both methods for exceptional results.
Dr. MacFarlane tailors his treatment according to each patient and their particular needs. Our goal is to help you get the sleep you need in order to feel healthy and refreshed every morning. Some of the holistic techniques we’ve been researching for sleep apnea treatment include:
- Essential oil rubs
- Relaxation techniques
- Quiet music
Other techniques sleep apnea sufferers can consider to manage their diagnosis include:
- Adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen
- Refraining from bad habits such as excessive smoking and drinking
- Surgical procedures such as removing the tonsils or widening the airways in your nose or throat
Common Questions About Sleep Treatment
Does CPAP work for everyone?
CPAP works well, but it’s not an ideal form of treatment for everyone living with sleep apnea. While it is the most common form of treatment, many patients experience great difficulty adjusting to the face mask.
Problems or side effects associated with using a CPAP mask include dry sinuses, discomfort, or headaches. If you’re currently using a CPAP machine for treatment but find it uncomfortable, contact Dr. MacFarlane for an alternative treatment option.
Will sleep apnea go away without treatment?
Unfortunately, sleep apnea will not miraculously disappear if you ignore it. It’s a serious condition that can lead to a number of secondary health problems that can be life-threatening.
Proactively diagnosing and treating OSA is the best way to improve your quality of life and protect your overall health. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can also make a positive impact.
If you’re suffering from obesity, implementing an exercise regimen and a healthy diet into your daily routine can help you shed excess weight and decrease symptoms of sleep apnea. Additionally, refraining from smoking and drinking alcohol may also help reduce your symptoms.
What happens if I leave my sleep apnea untreated?
If sleep apnea treatment is neglected, there are serious and even deadly consequences that may ensue. In fact, sleep apnea has been related to:
- High blood pressure
- Heart failure and strokes
- Decreased libido
- Erectile dysfunction for men
- Type 2 diabetes
- Liver problems
- Car accidents
When will I feel relief after getting my oral appliance?
Most patients will start to notice relief within the first week of using an oral appliance. However, every patient is different and the severity of their sleep apnea will vary.
Once you notice you have more daytime energy, a sharper mind, and better sleep is when you’ll realize your oral appliance is working.
How long will my oral appliance last?
Your oral appliance may last anywhere from six months to six years depending on the brand and design. Some patients may require adjustments for their appliance, whereas others will not. It all depends on you and your unique case.