CPAP Alternatives

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CPAP works well for many people. Others struggle with it. Some can’t tolerate it, find it difficult to travel with, or use it inconsistently.

Sleep Health Partners understands the effectiveness of CPAP but also knows that other treatment options are a better fit for many patients. We focus on oral appliance therapy, an effective treatment option for sleep apnea that can be the first line of therapy for most sleep apnea sufferers.

Have a CPAP but don’t like it? You are in the right place.

Our team will work with you to find a treatment option to improve your health and transform your life. We offer oral appliances and laser therapy, and partner with physicians to diagnose your condition and find the treatment you need.

Covered by Medical Insurance – We are In-Network!

Features and Benefits
of Oral Appliances

Oral appliance therapy treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring by repositioning the jaw and tongue to maintain an open airway during sleep to avoid apnea episodes.

Features of Oral Appliance Therapy:

Customization:

Oral appliances are custom-made for each individual, ensuring a precise and comfortable fit tailored to their specific dental anatomy.

Jaw Advancement:

Precision-engineered to gently advance the lower jaw (mandible) forward, increasing the airway space.

Custom Fit:

Tailored to the patient’s dental impressions for optimal fit and effectiveness.

Adjustable Mechanism:

Equipped with micro-adjustment mechanisms, allowing for gradual mandible advancement and precise calibration.

High-Quality Materials:

Panthera devices are constructed from durable, medical-grade nylon designed for long-term use and biocompatibility.

Benefits of
Oral Appliance Therapy:

Unlike CPAP machines, oral appliances operate silently and are easy to sleep with.

Due to their convenience and comfort, patients are often more compliant with oral appliance therapy than other treatments.

Oral appliances are clinically proven to effectively manage OSA and reduce snoring, improving sleep quality.

Many patients find oral appliances more comfortable than CPAP machines, as they are less restrictive and do not require wearing a mask.

By maintaining an open airway, these appliances enhance sleep continuity, reducing the frequency of interruptions/disturbances.

The devices are small, lightweight, easy to carry, and convenient for travel.
Oral appliance therapy is a cornerstone of treatment at Sleep Health Partners, where we are committed to providing effective, comfortable, and personalized care to our patients. Whether you are dealing with snoring or OSA, our oral appliances offer a practical and efficient solution to improve your sleep and overall health.

Features and Benefits
of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a cutting-edge, non-invasive treatment used to address snoring and can reduce the severity of OSA.

Features of Laser Therapy:

Non-Invasive / Non-Surgical Technique:

Laser therapy uses light energy to target tissue, requiring no numbing, surgical incisions, or suturing.

Precision Targeting:

The laser can be accurately directed to specific areas in the throat, ensuring precise treatment of the affected tissues.

Quick Procedure:

Treatments are typically fast, often completed in a matter of minutes, and require no hospital stay.

Minimal Discomfort:

Patients usually experience minimal to no pain during the procedure, often described as a mild warming sensation.

Benefits of Laser Therapy:

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By tightening the soft tissues in the throat, laser therapy effectively reduces the vibrations that cause snoring.

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In cases of obstructive sleep apnea, laser therapy helps keep the airway open, leading to better breathing during sleep.

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The quick and non-invasive nature of the treatment makes it a convenient option for many patients.

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Patients can typically resume their normal activities almost immediately after the procedure.

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By addressing the root causes of snoring and sleep apnea, laser therapy contributes to a more restful and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Why CPAP Fails Often

CPAP therapy is effective for many patients, but others find that it isn’t for them. In fact, CPAP fails often. This leaves patients non-compliant with CPAP, which defeats the purpose of the treatment.

Here are some reasons why it doesn’t work for many patients:

Wearing a CPAP mask may initially cause discomfort or feelings of claustrophobia, impacting the ability to maintain the therapy.

Poor fit or mask leaks can lead to discomfort and make it hard to use the device consistently.

CPAP therapy can cause dryness in the nose and throat or exacerbate congestion issues. CPAP therapy can also cause stomach discomfort from ingesting air.

The sound of the CPAP machine may be bothersome to some individuals or their sleeping partners.

Adhering to consistent CPAP usage can be challenging, particularly for those who travel frequently or have difficulty tolerating the treatment.
Safety issues have led to recalls in recent years.
These are some of the reasons why so many patients who begin CPAP therapy are unable to stay compliant with the treatment.
CPAP patients who struggle with these issues are left with the following options: find a way to tolerate CPAP or find another treatment option.

CPAP isn’t for everyone. Many individuals have been looking for an alternative, and our team offers an effective one. Oral appliance therapy is an effective and comfortable way to treat sleep apnea that offers more options for patients.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral devices stand out as a comfortable and convenient option for those seeking an alternative to CPAP therapy. These custom-fitted devices, offered at Sleep Health Partners, gently reposition the jaw and tongue to maintain an open airway during sleep. Unlike CPAP machines, oral devices are compact and portable, eliminating the need for masks or hoses. This makes them ideal for individuals who find traditional CPAP setups cumbersome or experience difficulty adjusting to the equipment.

With oral appliances, users often experience increased freedom, allowing for seamless integration into their nightly routine. If you’re exploring alternatives to CPAP, our expert team at Sleep Health Partners can guide you in finding the oral device solution that best suits your needs, ensuring a more comfortable and effective approach to managing your sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep Health Partners bills medical insurance to cover oral appliance therapy.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy offers an alternative to CPAP for treating snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This innovative, non-invasive treatment utilizes targeted laser energy to tighten and strengthen the soft tissues in the throat and palate. Doing so effectively reduces tissue laxity and airway obstruction, which are common causes of snoring and OSA. Unlike CPAP, which requires wearing a mask during sleep, laser therapy offers a more comfortable and convenient solution with minimal side effects.

Other CPAP Alternatives:

In addition to oral appliance therapy and laser treatments, there are other options for treatment.

Palatal Expansion
Palatal Expansion is an orthodontic treatment used to widen the upper jaw (maxilla) to increase the size of the nasal cavity, which is intended to improve airflow. This is achieved using custom-made devices that apply gentle pressure on the palate over time. Palatal expansion is particularly effective in pediatric patients, as it can harness the natural growth process to reshape the jaw and improve airway function.
Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional therapy is a non-invasive treatment that focuses on strengthening and retraining the tongue, face, and neck muscles to improve breathing, swallowing, and speech functions. It corrects improper tongue posture and dysfunctional breathing patterns contributing to snoring and OSA. The therapy involves a series of exercises that patients perform regularly, which can reduce sleep apnea symptoms and improve overall sleep quality.

Tongue Tie Release
Tongue tie release is a minor procedure to treat a condition that tethers the tongue to the floor of the mouth, which can lead to difficulties in speech, swallowing, and, in some cases, breathing. Tongue-tie can contribute to sleep-disordered breathing by restricting the tongue’s natural position and movement, potentially exacerbating snoring and OSA. The procedure involves cutting the frenulum to free the tongue, allowing for improved mobility and function. It’s often a straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort and can have significant benefits in terms of oral functionality and, by extension, sleep quality.

Lifestyle Modifications:
Some lifestyle modifications can improve sleep apnea symptoms, whether as a primary treatment or in addition to other treatments such as oral appliance therapy. Losing weight, increasing exercise, and focusing on sleep hygiene can improve sleep and reduce symptoms. Our sleep professionals will work with you to focus on these behaviors, usually in addition to primary oral appliance therapy.

How to Get a
CPAP Alternative

Learn more about CPAP alternatives today. Our process allows you to work with our sleep professionals to find a personalized treatment that works for you. We partner with physicians so you can receive the diagnosis for a dental treatment that can effectively treat OSA.

Our process at Sleep Health Partners to treat sleep apnea with a CPAP alternative:

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Schedule a consultation

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Take an at-home sleep test

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Have impressions (molds) of your teeth made

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Get fitted for your appliance and start wearing it nightly

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Follow up with an efficacy test to ensure adequate treatment

Schedule a consultation today.

Where can I find CPAP alternatives in Portland
Sleep Health Partners services surrounding neighborhoods in the Portland area and offers CPAP alternatives. Our sleep professionals will offer transparent advice on whether CPAP or a treatment such as oral appliance therapy is right for you. Whether you have been treated with CPAP before or are new to treating sleep apnea, our team is committed to finding you the right treatment. You are in the right place if you are looking for care near Portland. Reach out today to get started.