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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy have long been considered the standard for treating sleep apnea. These machines are powerful and effective at treating sleep apnea for those who can tolerate it. At Levata Sleep, we understand that CPAP may not be the ideal solution for everyone seeking relief from sleep apnea. CPAP devices can be an effective treatment for millions and help those with sleep apnea to regain their life back. However, there are valid reasons why you may be looking for an alternative.

That’s why we offer a range of CPAP alternatives that can effectively enhance your sleep quality and improve your overall well-being. Those looking for sleep apnea treatment, or currently using a CPAP machine may consider looking into what their different options are.

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CPAP Versus Oral Devices

When it comes to treating sleep apnea, both continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy and oral device therapy are effective options. At Levata Sleep, we understand the importance of finding the right treatment that suits your needs and preferences. Let’s compare CPAP therapy and oral device therapy to help you make an informed decision about your sleep apnea treatment.

CPAP Therapy:

CPAP therapy has long been considered standard for treating sleep apnea. It involves wearing a mask connected to a machine that delivers a constant flow of pressurized air, keeping the airway open during sleep.

Here are some key factors to consider about CPAP therapy: 

  • Highly effective in treating sleep apnea by providing continuous positive airway pressure, which prevents airway collapse and promotes normal breathing throughout the night.
  • Requires consistent and nightly use to effectively manage sleep apnea symptoms. It is typically recommended for individuals with moderate to severe sleep apnea or those who have not found relief with other treatment options.
  • Involves wearing a mask that covers the nose, mouth, or both, depending on the individual’s needs. The machine delivers pressurized air through the mask.
  • Challenging for some to adapt to CPAP therapy due to mask discomfort, dryness, noise, or feelings of confinement. Compliance with CPAP therapy can be improved with proper education, mask fitting, and ongoing support from healthcare professionals.
  • Recent recalls of popular CPAP machines have made it increasingly difficult to get your hands on the right machine. 

Oral Device Therapy:

Oral device therapy, also known as oral appliance therapy, is an alternative treatment option for sleep apnea. It involves wearing a custom-fitted oral device that helps keep the airway open by repositioning the jaw.

Here are some key points to consider about oral device therapy:

  • Shown to effectively treat mild to moderate sleep apnea and can also be an option for individuals with severe sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. They work by advancing the lower jaw to prevent airway collapse during sleep.
  • Generally are more comfortable and less obtrusive compared to CPAP masks and machines. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and allow for natural jaw movement, making them more convenient for travel and use outside the bedroom.
  • May be easier to use consistently compared to CPAP therapy, as many individuals find it easier to incorporate into their daily routine. Over the long run, many users find oral devices to be much more tolerable.
  • Can be custom-made and designed to fit your mouth and address your specific sleep apnea needs. Our team of dental professionals will work with you to ensure the optimal fit and effectiveness of the oral device.
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Other Sleep Apnea Alternatives

Oral devices are an effective alternative to CPAP machines, but they are not the only option.

Here are some other alternative treatments that you should know about:

Positional Therapy: Sleeping in specific positions, such as on your side, to help maintain an open airway and reduce sleep apnea episodes.

Lifestyle Modifications: Making lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and sedatives before bedtime, and establishing a regular sleep routine.

Surgery: In some cases, surgical procedures may be recommended to remove excess tissue, correct anatomical abnormalities, or reposition structures in the airway to improve airflow.

Inspire Device: The Inspire device is an implantable system that stimulates the hypoglossal nerve to control the movement of the tongue and other throat muscles, helping to keep the airway open during sleep. This device is inserted in an outpatient procedure.

At Levata Sleep, our sleep specialists can help evaluate your individual situations, and find the right treatment option. While we specialize in oral device therapy, we are committed to finding the right treatment plan for you.

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Benefits of Oral Device Therapy

There are a number of reasons why oral device therapy is a strong CPAP alternative to consider.

Here are some of the benefits of oral device therapy:

  • Effectiveness: Not only can these devices effectively treat sleep apnea, but they may be more likely to be effective over the long-term compared to CPAP and other treatments as they are easier to consistently use.
  • Comfort: The devices are comfortable and easy to wear. While it may take a short period of time to break in, many patients forget they are wearing these oral appliances after a while.
  • Portability: These devices can go with you; whether you are at home or on the move. They also are easy to move through airport security, and don’t take up much space. You even have the option of using multiple different devices
  • Easy Maintenance: CPAP machines have shown to have user difficulties over time, such as required cleanings and maintenance. These devices are easy to maintain and require minimal and user-friendly maintenance.

The Impact of Treating Sleep Apnea with CPAP Alternatives

The impact of treating sleep apnea extends to most all areas of your life. But here are a few benefits that may motivate you to get started with treatment:

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Symptom Alleviation

There are a number of symptoms that can be alleviated when you get sleep back. Even just one of these may be worth the time and resources it takes to get treatment, but many of these benefits go hand in hand.

Here are just some of the many possible symptom alleviation benefits of treating sleep apnea:

  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced or eliminated snoring
  • Increased ability to share bed with partner
  • Improved energy
  • Improved likelihood of reducing sexual disfunction disorders such as erectile disfunction
  • Boosted mental sharpness during the day
  • Reduced likelihood of workplace and automobile accidents
  • Improved immune system
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Lifestyle Improvements

Alleviated symptoms can lead to real-life benefits that can you can experience in day-to-day life.

Here are some lifestyle benefits you may experience when treating sleep apnea:

  • More healthy hours to spend with family and friends
  • Better exercise and workout routines
  • Feeling like your younger self
  • Stronger work performance
  • Improved relationships
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Health Benefits

Treating sleep apnea can improve your overall health and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular events:

Reducing symptoms of sleep apnea can reduce the likelihood of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Bone loss
  • Vision loss
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Mental Health Improvements

Lastly, improved sleep can have a positive effect on your mental health and well-being.

Treating sleep apnea can provide a:

  • Reduced risk of dementia
  • Reduced likelihood for depression
  • Improved anxiety symptoms

Find the Right Sleep Experts in Michigan

Levata Sleep can help to pair you with the right CPAP alternatives to treat your sleep apnea. Its important to work with a dentist or sleep specialist, as these experts can safety treat you while avoiding high-risk treatments, or avoid not treating you at all.

Our experts can also identify other issues that may be an underlying factor resulting in sleep apnea. Often, oral device therapy is paired with lifestyle changes such as weight loss or dieting.

The devices that we provide are only available from dentists such as Levata Sleep, and these appliances may often the CPAP alternative that you have been looking for.

Get Treated with a CPAP Alternative

If you are ready to get treated, our team is ready and able to begin the next steps.

Here is how you can get treated for sleep apnea

  • Give us a call or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation.
  • Come in for a consultation with our sleep experts.
  • After completing a sleep test, we’ll analyze the results.
  • Finally, we’ll put together a sleep apnea treatment plan that will get you back on your feet.

It’s never too late or too early to get started. Contact us today to take the first step towards treating your sleep apnea.

Types of Oral Device Treatments

There are a few common types of oral devices that are used to treat sleep apnea:

  • Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs): MADs are the most widely used oral devices for sleep apnea. They are custom-made and fit over the upper and lower teeth. MADs work by repositioning the lower jaw slightly forward, which helps to open the airway and prevent collapse during sleep.

These oral devices are typically prescribed and custom-fitted by a dentist or sleep specialist to ensure proper fit and effectiveness. They offer a comfortable and convenient treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate sleep apnea or those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most suitable oral device based on your specific needs and the severity of your sleep apnea.

Contact Levata Sleep for CPAP Alternatives

If you’re seeking CPAP alternatives for sleep apnea, we encourage you to contact Levata Sleep. Our experienced team specializes in providing effective alternatives to CPAP therapy, tailoring the treatment to your individual needs. We offer a range of options, including oral devices, positional therapy, lifestyle modifications, and other innovative solutions. Our goal is to help you find a comfortable and effective treatment that improves your sleep quality and overall well-being. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Levata Sleep to schedule a consultation and explore the CPAP alternatives that may be suitable for you.

What CPAP alternatives are there

There are several alternatives to CPAP therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea. These alternatives include oral appliances, positional therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Oral appliances are custom-fitted devices worn in the mouth to reposition the jaw, keeping the airway open during sleep. Positional therapy involves adopting specific sleeping positions that promote unobstructed breathing. Lifestyle modifications, such as weight loss, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, and maintaining a regular sleep schedule, can also help alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. It’s important to consult with a sleep specialist to determine the most suitable alternative treatment option based on individual needs and the severity of sleep apnea.

Benefits of seeing a sleep specialist

Seeing a sleep specialist provides the benefit of receiving an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan for your sleep issues. Sleep specialists have the expertise to evaluate your symptoms, conduct necessary tests, and recommend appropriate interventions such as oral devices to improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. Whether you’re experiencing sleep apnea, insomnia, or other sleep disorders, a sleep specialist can offer specialized knowledge and guidance to help you achieve better sleep and optimize your health.