CPAP Alternatives in Plano, TX
If Dr. Fedosky has diagnosed you with obstructive sleep apnea, then treating the condition can be the difference between life and death. Really. Research shows that sleep apnea is associated with a number of health problems, including:
- High blood pressure or hypertension
- Cardiovascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Depression and irritability
- Kidney and liver problems
Moreover, sleep apnea is believed to be the reason behind a majority of car accidents. You see, sleep apnea is a condition that may awaken sufferers over and over again throughout the night. You may not realize it during the night and you likely won’t remember it during the day, but the effects are there anyway. And one of the primary effects is daytime sleepiness—hence the car accidents.
For years, the accepted treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP—continuous positive airway pressure—machine, which forces air into your throat so your airway does not become obstructed by your tongue and other oral soft tissue. However, many patients find a CPAP machine uncomfortable to wear and the side effects of a dry mouth and sore throat are simply unbearable.
For CPAP alternatives, Plano, TX, sleep apnea sufferers can consider an oral appliance. These devices work by gently and slightly shifting your mandibular jaw and tongue forward in order to keep your airway open while you sleep. At Sleep Rehab, we use the Narval by ResMed, which is designed by CAD/CAM software to ensure a precise and comfortable fit.
Most of our patients report that an oral appliance is much easier to use than a CPAP machine. Thus, they are more likely to wear their appliance each and every night, which is critical to successful sleep apnea treatment. Moreover, an oral appliance is easier to keep clean and can easily be packed for travel.
To learn more about CPAP alternatives , contact Sleep Rehab at (972) SLEEP DR or (972) 753-3737.