If you live with sleep apnea and find CPAP to be an uncomfortable or ineffective treatment, Premier Sleep Associates in Bellevue, Washington, offers outstanding CPAP alternatives. Meet with Stephen Carstensen, DDS, Carrie Magnuson, DDS, and the team to explore your options. Booking a visit is fast and easy online or over the phone.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment that improves nighttime breathing by delivering a steady stream of air into your airways. It’s a common treatment for sleep apnea and has been around for decades.
CPAP requires a special device consisting of a small machine that generates air pressure, a mask that fits over your nose and mouth, and tubing that connects the device to the mask.
You secure the mask in place prior to going to sleep, usually with a stretchy harness that extends around the back of your head. As you change positions during sleep, the mask and the tubing must remain in place and untangled in order for the system to work as intended.
CPAP technology has improved over the years, but many people still find these systems unwieldy and uncomfortable. People often remove the mask during the night in order to be more comfortable, and must always remember to take it when traveling.
For many people, oral appliances offer a more comfortable treatment option than traditional CPAP devices. These devices are small enough to fit within the contouring of your mouth, and designed to create small changes in your jaw alignment, improving air flow throughout the night.
Designed with comfort in mind, today’s oral appliances have advanced materials and engineering, making them more comfortable than ever before. You simply place the device in your mouth as you get ready for bed, then remove it upon waking.
Oral appliances are easy to clean and far easier to use while traveling. Unlike CPAP devices, which create sounds throughout the night, oral appliances won’t disrupt your sleep partner.
Everyone has a unique experience with sleep disordered breathing; your custom oral appliance is crafted to suit your specific needs.
Your dentist examines your mouth and bite and discusses your sleep concerns. You’ll learn which oral appliances are the best alternative to CPAP, and explore the pros and cons of each approach.
The team at Premier Sleep Associates provides the guidance and support you need as you navigate your treatment journey. If you try an oral appliance and find it doesn’t fit your needs, you can always try something new. To book your initial visit, call the office to check appointment availability or book online.