I can't wear my CPAP mask. What are my options?
If you find your CPAP mask cumbersome and uncomfortable, you are not alone. Many of our patients express concerns about unconsciously pulling their masks off at night in order to get comfortable. The problem with this is that you are not getting the treatment you need when your mask is lying on the floor next to the bed and therefore, you are not receiving the type of restorative sleep that benefits your health. Essentially, it puts you back at square one – before you even received your sleep apnea diagnosis.
We offer an alternative to a cumbersome CPAP mask with oral appliance therapy. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine approves oral appliance therapy as an effective alternative to CPAP treatment for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
Your oral appliance will help open your airway in a much more discreet and comfortable way. A small mouthguard that you wear at night gently removes the obstruction from the back of your throat, allowing you to breathe.
Patients who travel or share a bed with their partner often report this as a much more preferable way to address the problem of sleep apnea. When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a reduced quality of life and even a shorter lifespan.