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CPAP Alternatives in Farmington Hills, MI

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder that obstructs your airway while you sleep, constantly interrupting your breathing and causing you to wake up throughout the night. This is a serious condition that can lead to long-term health consequences without treatment. Unfortunately, many patients don’t realize they have sleep apnea until they take a sleep test.

If you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Often, the first solution a doctor will recommend is a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. When you use this device overnight, it pumps a steady flow of air into your mouth, forcing your airway to remain open and allowing you to breathe normally.

Comfortable Alternatives to CPAP

Though it can be an effective treatment, many patients find their CPAP machine is too bulky and uncomfortable to sleep with. As a result, they end up not using it consistently and negating the positive effects.

For patients who are looking for an alternative solution, Dr. Shlafer is happy to offer a mandibular adjustment device (MAD). These devices gently shift your jaw forward, keeping your airway open and preventing your tongue from collapsing and blocking airflow. All of our oral appliances are custom-made to fit your mouth comfortably and improve your sleep.

The Benefits of an Oral Appliance

Oral appliances offer several benefits over CPAP and other sleep apnea treatments, including:

  • More comfortable
  • Less invasive
  • Easily portable
  • Affordable
  • No surgery required
Frequently Asked Questions

While the CPAP machine has been trusted for decades in sleep apnea treatment, the equipment can be a hassle. Some known side effects of using a CPAP machine include:
  • Dry mouth
  • Dry nose/nose bleeds
  • Headaches
  • Lung discomfort due to the temperature of the CPAP air
  • Dizziness
  • Infections
  • Mask leaks
  • Discomfort
  • Claustrophobia
Fortunately, there are safe and effective alternatives to using the CPAP machine, so you can address your sleep apnea and sleep comfortably. With a customized oral device, you can sleep soundly without all the side-effects of a CPAP machine.
Studies show that around 50% of people will eventually stop using their CPAP machines, mostly because they’re uncomfortable and inconvenient. While it’s not recommended to completely quit receiving treatment for sleep apnea, there are alternative options you can pursue.

With a customized oral appliance, you can conveniently reclaim your nights without the hassle of all the side effects of a CPAP machine. If you’re interested in learning more about an oral appliance, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shlafer by calling (248) 781-0040 .
There are natural remedies to help treat sleep apnea, but they’re more effective in combination with professional treatment. Here are a few natural remedies you may want to consider when treating sleep apnea:
  • Positional therapy
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Use a humidifier
Sleep apnea is classified as mild, moderate, or severe depending on the number of times an hour that your breathing stops or becomes shallow. Five to 15 times per hour is considered mild, 15 to 30 is moderate, and more than 30 to 40 per hour is considered severe.

Although not all cases are considered severe, it’s still important to treat the disorder so you can avoid the long term effects associated with sleep apnea.

Visit Dr. Shlafer for a Custom Oral Appliance

Whether you’ve recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea or you’ve been struggling with your CPAP machine for years, Dr. Shlafer can help you get the restorative rest you need with a comfortable oral appliance.

Contact our practice in Farmington Hills today to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Shlafer.

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