Few Alternatives to CPAP

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If you don’t want to wear a CPAP mask every day, then you would want to try alternative sleep apnea treatment options that are available which can also be an Anti-Snoring option.

CPAP therapy is one of the most common types of Sleep Apnea Treatment in Singapore and sleeps specialists recommend it to those who are having sleep apnea. But what if someone wants to avoid CPAP therapy altogether?

The good news is that there are several other effective alternative sleep apnea treatment options available to those who are not comfortable wearing a mask. Below, is a list of few alternatives.

  1. An Oral/Dental Appliance

Dental and oral appliances have emerged as a popular option for many of the sleep apnea patients

Patients who generally are more inclined to wear an oral device instead of using a CPAP mask have become increasingly comfortable with this treatment option.

How It Works?

This type of treatment employs oral devices that can help in the prevention of the collapsing of the airway by holding the tongue down in position or by sliding the patient’s jaw forward so that the patients can breathe while they are asleep.

  1. Surgery for Sleep Apnea

This is the most common option to reduce or eliminate any extra tissue growth in your throat that collapses and blocks your airway when you sleep.

But you will need to keep in mind that while some surgeries may be minimally invasive, others are much more complex. But generally, when you are undergoing surgery to treat sleep apnea it means surgery in one of the following areas:

  • Soft palate and uvula
  • Tonsils and adenoids
  • Tongue
  • Upper and lower jaw

Of course, surgery is not the right choice for everyone out there. Some people might benefit more from surgery than others. Also keep in mind the negative aspects of surgery, which may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding and throat swelling
  • Jaws wired shut for several days and a limited diet for several weeks
  • An overnight stay at the hospital
  1. By undergoing a Weight Management Program

In some mild cases, a simple weight loss can help you to drastically improve or fully eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms if you are overweight or obese.  It is found that overweight people often have thick necks with extra tissue in the throat that causes a block in the airway.

Who Is It For?

This is for people specifically who are overweight and are physically fit to engage in a weight loss program. Bear in mind that there is absolutely no guarantee that losing weight will eliminate your sleep apnea, though it might be of some help.

You will need to keep in mind that this specific approach is unlikely to make a difference in chronic patients of sleep apnea with a narrow nasal passage or airway.

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