You dread going to bed. You have sleep apnea, which means its vicious grip is strangling your every breath, mercilessly snatching it away night after night. Your body is robbed cruelly of oxygen, while you battle valiantly to get restful sleep.
But not to worry, the sleep center gave you a CPAP and sent you on your merry way. Most nights you struggle with the CPAP more than your sleep apnea. Which means, you slump out of bed each morning, groggy…dry…mouth…sore throat…headache…and fatigue wrapped around you like a weighted blanket as you stumble toward the coffee pot.
CPAP devices can be an effective way to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) if your nasal airway is open and healthy. Many people who struggle with CPAP do so because of undiagnosed nasal breathing issues. CPAP, when used in conjunction with open nasal airways, can enhance your sleep quality, which introduces positive impacts on your health like snoring less10 and less daytime sleepiness.11
Mouth breathing is a sign of nasal airway issues. If you are a mouth breather – 61% of Americans are12 – you have a much higher risk of developing sleep-disordered breathing and OSA. You may also have to use a full-sized face mask rather than a smaller nasal mask if you opt for CPAP treatment.
This is why ADVENT has a 100% laser-focus on treating Breathing Triangle issues to optimize nasal breathing. It's no wonder that our patients have a CPAP compliance rate almost 2x as good as the national average.
There’s good news. If CPAP doesn’t sound right for you, we offer alternatives. Breathing well and clearly through your nose every day and every night is a gift you deserve… and it keeps giving. ADVENT offers simple treatment options to ensure your Breathing Triangle is working properly, as well as, the following CPAP alternatives:
First, we listen. At your new patient appointment, you’ll discuss your symptoms and goals with a Sleep & Sinus Specialist. You’ll also get a thorough Breathing Triangle Evaluation to help identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to your sleep apnea.
Depending on your symptoms you may get an in-office CT scan or home sleep study to better understand the source of your sleep apnea.
We offer several simple in-office options to ensure you have a healthy Breathing Triangle and treatments for sleep apnea. Depending on your diagnosis, you may be a candidate for: Balloon Sinuplasty, Turbinate Reduction, Nasal Cryotherapy, Snoreplasty, Uvulectomy, Oral Appliance Therapy or CPAP.
Common CPAP problems can include:
Alternative positive airway pressure machines include auto-adjusting positive airway pressure (APAP), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP or BPAP), and adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) machines. However, it you’re struggling with your current CPAP you may have an underlying Breathing Triangle issue that should be resolved.
Oral Appliance Therapy is a lesser known, yet highly effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It is a mouthpiece you wear at night that gently repositions your jaw forward so your tongue doesn’t block your airway.
Oral appliance therapy is a very effective, non-invasive option to treat sleep apnea. It’s a small custom-made device worn while you sleep—much like a mouth guard—that repositions your jaw to help keep your airway open.96% of patients prefer Oral Appliance Therapy over CPAP and traditional solutions, plus, it costs 2-3x less than CPAP over a 5-year period.
"The best alternative to CPAP that ADVENT offers is oral appliance therapy (OAT). We are able to treat mild, moderate and even some severe sleep apnea with a mouthguard."
"[OAT devices] are smaller, portable, more convenient mouth guards that tend to be much more comfortable than CPAP, which increases compliance and patient success rates."
"OAT shifts your jaw (typically in increments of 1mm) in such a fashion that your airway is maintained in a wide-open position. They are indicated to treat both snoring and OSA. It is easy to clean, travel with, and they last for years if well maintained."