September 25, 2020
If you have sleep apnea, you might use a CPAP machine to keep your upper airway open. It delivers a steady stream of air pressure through a mask worn over the nose to stop the soft tissues in the back of your throat from collapsing. This prevents an obstruction that can cause frequent pauses in breathing while you’re sleeping. Did you know a CPAP can be used for other purposes as well? Recently, the machines have played an influential role in treating patients with COVID-19.
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December 17, 2013
Oral appliance therapy is rapidly replacing CPAP as the primary way sleep apnea is treated. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure and uses a machine to pump air to your lungs while you’re asleep. For many patients, treatment with CPAP has been effective, but that’s not the case for everyone who tries it.
Below are 10 common problems that patients can have with CPAP—and alternatively, 10 reasons why you should learn everything you can about oral appliance therapy:
- Skin irritation around the CPAP mask
- Dry mouth
- Congestion, sneezing, or nosebleeds
- Difficulty wearing a mask while asleep
- Feelings of claustrophobia
- Problems sleeping due to noise
- Machine is keeping a partner awake
- Dry or sore eyes
- Mask leaks
Not every patient will struggle with these problems, but for those who do, an alternative is in order. At Dr. Radz’s Denver office, we’re happy to explain how oral appliance therapy works. If it looks like oral appliance therapy is the best solution for your particular needs, we can start collecting all the information we’ll need to have your customized mouthpiece fabricated.
Don’t let this common but under-diagnosed condition ruin your life. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Radz is happy to offer effective oral appliance therapy to patients from Denver, Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood, Greenwood Village, Centennial, and beyond.