Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine
Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Sleep Medicine located in Brooklyn, NY
A CPAP machine, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, remains the gold standard for treating sleep apnea. But CPAP machines are sometimes inconvenient and uncomfortable. The staff at Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine offers customized masks and oral appliance therapy that complements your CPAP treatment, making it more sustainable and effective. If you’re interested in exploring CPAP treatment options and live in the area of Brooklyn in New York City, call to make an appointment or use the online booking agent.
CPAP & Alternatives Q & A
A Common Problem
Sleep apnea is a severe medical condition that, if left untreated, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) is the most common form of the disorder, and according to the American Sleep Apnea Association, one in twelve Americans suffer from it.
OSA occurs when the muscles in your throat collapse, causing airflow to your lungs to pause — when this happens, we call this a sleep apnea episode. Depending on the severity of the condition, these episodes can happen anywhere from 10-50 times an hour. With the right treatment, Dr. Doueck can help you gain control of the disorder and restore your quality of sleep.
CPAP: The Gold Standard
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea can use a treatment called CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) which gently pumps air down your throat while you sleep — this helps keep the airway open, eliminating sleep apnea episodes.
CPAP allows patients to get more sleep, decreases their daytime sleepiness, and improves concentration and memory. In addition, CPAP can reduce the risk of heart problems such as high blood pressure.
CPAP therapy is excellent for patients with moderate to extreme sleep apnea. However, it needs to be worn for 6-7 hours each night to experience the maximum benefits.
Yet, Lack of Compliance is a Problem
Although CPAP is beneficial, patients report that CPAP can be uncomfortable to wear. Some of the common side effects are:
- Gastric distension (air in the stomach)
- Nasal congestion
- Eye irritation
- Sinus irritation
- Skin irritation
Approximately 55-77% of patients who try CPAP therapy cannot tolerate it. Some of the reasons people quit include leakage, pressure from the mask and tightness of the straps, restricted movement while sleeping, claustrophobia, and frequent traveling.
At Doueck Dental & Sleep Medicine, Dr. Doueck can provide you with a customized alternative to CPAP called an oral appliance. An oral appliance is a mouthguard-like device that gently positions your jaw forward while you sleep, keeping the airway open and sleep apnea episodes away.
The benefits of an oral appliance include:
- Easy to clean
Oral appliance therapy works exceptionally well for patients with mild to moderate OSA. If the symptoms are severe, Dr. Doueck might recommend combination therapy. This solution uses both CPAP and oral appliance therapy. The easiest way to know which treatment is best for you is to schedule a consultation with our Brooklyn sleep dentist.