Ever wish you could find a treatment to help you stop snoring and start sleeping better that didn’t involve wearing the mask? You might be surprised by just how many people are in the same boat. Approximately 80% of CPAP users are non-compliant, intolerant or simply refuse to wear the mask, citing complaints about uncomfortable fit, bothersome side effects and noisy operating sounds.
The good news is that you do have other options and you can effectively treat snoring without CPAP. So if you are struggling to stay compliant or you have resolved to forgo treatment entirely on account of CPAP intolerance, this blog will explain why it’s so important to explore your alternatives, highlighting one mask-free option in particular called oral appliance therapy.
Why Snoring Treatment is So Important
While snoring may seem like a harmless habit, the reality is that this noisy nighttime practice is associated with numerous health risks due to both the sleep-loss it causes and the reduced airway intake that goes along with it.
Health risks associated with habitual snoring include:
- Daytime sleepiness
- Recurring morning headaches
- High blood pressure
- Memory loss
- Irregular heartbeat
- Hormonal issues
- Chronic snoring may indicate that you have a serious sleeping disorder called obstructive sleep apnea
These are just a few of the many health risks and consequences linked to chronic snoring. If you consider the many bed partners and family members who are also impacted by the nightly habit, the number of people affected grows exponentially.
If CPAP therapy is not working for you, you’re not alone. However, due to the serious implications of snoring and sleep apnea if left untreated, it is important to realize that avoiding treatment and refusing to use CPAP poses a great risk to your health. Reggie White’s story is a cautionary tale of just this. The former Philadelphia Eagles player had been prescribed a CPAP machine, but this device was sitting unused on his bedside table when he died.
Treat Snoring Without CPAP in Philadelphia
If you are looking to treat snoring without CPAP and without undergoing surgery, oral appliance therapy is an option worth considering. It works by repositioning the jaw and/or tongue in order to enlarge the airway and prevent obstruction from occurring during sleep. There are two common types: a mandibular advancement device, which advances (moves forward) the jaw to enlarge the airway and a tongue retaining device that stabilizes the tongue, making it less likely that it will fall back into the throat and obstruct breathing during sleep.
Oral appliance therapy has numerous advantages over CPAP, including:
- Comfort and ease of use
- Short adjustment period
- Small size makes it convenient for traveling
- No wires or tubes to connect to
- No operating noise
So, You’ve Got a CPAP Mask and You’re Not Using it…
Still not convinced that it’s important to find another treatment option? Or perhaps you’re not convinced that your snoring problem requires treatment at all. If that’s the case, take the Sleep Apnea Diagnostic Quiz, a short quiz that evaluates how severe your snoring is and whether you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition whereby you actually stop breathing during sleep.
The first step to breaking free from your CPAP machine is simple: fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation with the sleep specialist at eos dental sleep in Philadelphia. Contact us today so you can stop snoring and get the sleep you’ve always dreamed of.