What Is CPAP and Why Should I Consider Alternatives?

Categories: Sleep Apnea

What Is CPAP and What Are Alternatives? Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a common problem, one that, According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 18 million Americans are likely struggling with. Though it is often hard to diagnose in children, many children may also be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Some studies indicate anywhere from 3 to 10 to 20 percent of children are also struggling with OSA. Fortunately there are ways to treat OSA that can help improve a patient’s sleep, and subsequently many aspects of his or her life.

Why Is Sleep Apnea Treatment Needed?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused when a person’s airway is blocked during his sleep, leading to momentarily lapses in breath that can actually wake the brain. These can happen a few times or hundreds of time in a single night, which over time, can have drastic effects on a person’s overall health.

Sleep-related disorders can contribute to irritability, an inability to concentrate, headaches, general fatigue, weight gain, depression, increased blood pressure, and heart-related diseases. Therefore, patients with sleep apnea could enjoy a host of benefits and protections by seeking treatment for their condition. Just for example, getting better rest could help lead to more focus and an increased attention span, better blood pressure, as well as a lessened risk of developing depression and heart disease.

What Are the Alternatives to CPAP Machines?

Though CPAP machines have become one of the primary ways of treating sleep apnea, many patients prefer the benefits of a minimally invasive sleep appliance instead. CPAP machines, which stand for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines, involve wearing a mask or nose piece connected to a small machine that supplies the air. These can be bothersome for many people, who find it difficult to adjust to wearing the mask or nose piece.

Fortunately oral appliances like a SomnoDent Sleep Solution are small, and built similarly to a mouthguard one would wear during athletic events or at night, during a course of orthodontic treatment. This makes them simple and comfortable for many patients.

About Your Spring, TX, Sleep Experts:

At Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. We also offer customized, expert sleep solutions to help you alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!