If using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is not tolerable by you, you might be able to find a different type of airway pressure device that automatically adjusts the pressure while you’re sleeping. There is an alternative called the Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP) machines which are also available. These machines provide more pressure when you inhale and less when you exhale, making it a little easier to tolerate. Contact Houston Sleep Solutions to learn more.
Another option is wearing an oral appliance designed to keep your throat open, as oral appliances might be easier to use. Some are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw forward, which can sometimes relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.
Several devices are available from your dentist. You might need to try different devices before finding one that works for you.
Once you find the right fit, you’ll need to follow up with your dentist repeatedly during the first year and then regularly after that to ensure that the fit is still good and to reassess your signs and symptoms.
Since some causes of sleep apnea include heart or neuromuscular disorders, treating those conditions with your doctor might help.
Using supplemental oxygen while you sleep can help if you have “central sleep apnea.” Various types of devices are available to deliver oxygen while sleeping.
A more recently approved new airflow device learns your normal breathing pattern and stores the data in a built-in computer. After you fall asleep, the machine uses pressure to normalize your breathing pattern and prevent breathing interruption.
ASV appears to be more successful than other forms of positive airway pressure at treating complex sleep apnea in some people. However, it might not be a good choice for people with predominant central sleep apnea and advanced heart failure.