A CPAP machine, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, remains the gold standard for treating sleep apnea. But CPAP machines are sometimes inconvenient and uncomfortable. The staff at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine offers customized masks and oral appliance therapy that complements your CPAP treatment, making it more sustainable and effective. If you’re interested in exploring CPAP treatment options and live in the area of Brooklyn in New York City, call to make an appointment or use the online booking agent.
A CPAP machine delivers a supply of pressurized air to the sleeper by way of an air hose and face mask. This pressurized air helps keep your throat open to allow for normal breathing and uninterrupted sleep.
When a CPAP system is calibrated properly and matched with a well-fitted mask, it can provide effective relief from sleep apnea.
The primary drawback to CPAP systems isn’t that they don’t work, but that a lot of people don’t like to use them. Many users find the mask and air supply tube to be restrictive or uncomfortable. Some refuse the system outright, and as many as half of all patients who are fitted with CPAP stop using it within six months, or use it so infrequently that their obstructive sleep apnea condition isn’t well managed.
The CPAP machine is quite effective in managing sleep apnea. But in many cases, the drawbacks outweigh the perceived benefits. The negatives include:
An alternative to CPAP is an oral appliance that you wear during sleep. The most common types of oral appliances resemble sports mouthguards or retainers, but are significantly more sophisticated, and are custom-fitted by the staff.
The advantages of an oral appliance include that it is:
A thorough workup and evaluation help determine if you’re better off with CPAP therapy, an oral appliance, or combination therapy that involves the use of both. The team at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine works with your sleep specialist to help determine the best treatment.
If it’s determined that a CPAP is still the optimal treatment for you, you may also request custom nasal pillows and masks. These are created from a mold of your face, so the fit is superior to stock models.
A customized mask has no straps or headgear, but is secured to an oral appliance. As a result, you have no leakage or pressure while wearing it.