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Avoiding It Won't Make It Go Away

Have you been diagnosed with sleep apnea and don't want to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine? Or, do you suspect that you have sleep apnea and don't want to be treated because you're afraid you're going to have to use a CPAP machine? You're not alone; many people feel this way! But, don't be like everyone else — get treated! Find out four alternatives to the CPAP machine in this blog.

You're Not Alone

Researchers estimate that more than 20 million people are living with a form of sleep apnea — and many of them are untreated. A large number of those who are untreated just don't want to wear a CPAP machine. Many people report that it is loud and uncomfortable or makes them feel claustrophobic.

We understand that, but we want you to understand that sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that contributes to serious health problems, chronic illness and even death if not treated. But, as we said above, you're not stuck with a CPAP! Here are some very viable alternatives:

Wear An Oral Appliance. Oral appliances have been proven to be a successful sleep apnea treatment options. These appliances are custom-fit to you to correct your jaw position and keep your airway open or prevent your tongue from falling back to block your airway. Many people prefer wearing an oral device instead of using a CPAP because it is very comfortable and makes no noise. Oral appliance therapy is excellent for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea who cannot tolerate a CPAP.

Surgery. Some individuals choose surgery to reduce or eliminate the extra tissue in the throat to prevent it from collapsing and blocking the airway during sleep. Surgery procedures for sleep apnea can be minimally invasive or complex, depending on your specific case. Also, remember that all surgeries have a risk of complications and recovery time. Surgery is also not as effective as appliance therapy or CPAP treatment.

Weight-Management Program. In some cases, sleep apnea is caused by excess tissue on the throat or neck that can block the airway. For these cases, weight loss may help improve or eliminate sleep apnea symptoms, but losing weight is not guaranteed to reduce or eliminate their sleep apnea caused by other factors.

Positional Therapy. Positional therapy is a strategy that can help treat sleep apnea caused by sleeping in certain positions, such as the back. Positional therapy can involve using different devices that force you to sleep in a different position, such as your side.

Are you living with untreated sleep apnea or are you just tired of your CPAP? We can help! Give Dr. Buck a call today at 425-409-2291 to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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