Snoring is a very common problem that many adults experience. It can be either intermittent or habitual, causing problems not only for the snorer but for their bed partner as well.
For years, people who suffered from sleep apnea were treated with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. This device requires users to wear a clunky, uncomfortable mask that delivers a stream of forced air. Due to the discomfort, noise, and difficulty getting used to the sensation of forced air, many patients use CPAP for a short period of time before giving it up completely.
In this blog, the specialists at Atlanta Snoring Institute will provide an overview of the top CPAP alternatives to treat snoring.
What are the common complaints about CPAP?
The CPAP mask can be highly effective, but it’s not right for everyone. In fact, a large number of snorers end up not using the mask due to its discomfort and other issues.
CPAP problems often voiced by patients include the following:
- Distracting noises from the device
- Mask leaks
- Unintentionally removing the mask at night
- Causes skin irritation or pressure sores around the mask
- Causes nasal congestion
- Physical comfort from the mask and its straps
- Dryness and irritation in the nasal cavity, throat, and mouth
- Runny nose
- Claustrophobic feeling and feeling like you’re being suffocated when wearing the mask
- Bulky and difficult to travel with
What are the top CPAP alternatives to treat snoring?
Atlanta Snoring Institute offers several CPAP alternatives that are effective and more comfortable than CPAP, including a number of minimally invasive procedures.
We offer the following non-invasive treatment:
Oral Appliance Therapy: A custom-made device that prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat. It’s a small, comfortable appliance that’s easy to use and convenient to travel with. Because it’s custom-made to treat your particular issues and to fit your mouth, it’s much more comfortable than CPAP.
We also offer the following minimally invasive procedures:
Pillar Procedure: Tiny polyester implants are placed into the soft palate. No incisions or stitches are used, and this support is able to reduce the tissue vibrations that can cause snoring.
Turbinate Reduction: Local anesthetic is applied, and a probe is inserted into the nose to shrink some of the tissue within the turbinate (a spongy, curled bone that protrudes into the nasal passages). This reduces its size, which decreases airway resistance while still allowing the turbinate to properly direct airflow and also humidify, heat, and filter the air you inhale.
Tonsillar Reduction: This procedure utilizes radio frequency technology to vaporize the outer surface of the tonsils. This helps to significantly reduce their size.
Base of Tongue Reduction: This procedure involves inserting a narrow probe at the base of the tongue. Radio frequency energy is used to shrink and stiffen these tissues. The size of the base of the tongue is decreased, which helps to open the airway.
Where can I be evaluated for CPAP alternatives in Atlanta?
To effectively treat your snoring and the issues that are causing it, you’ll need to receive a comprehensive evaluation from one of the Atlanta Snoring Institute’s board-certified physicians. After examining you and talking to you about your symptoms as well as any types of treatments you’ve tried in the past, our doctors will be able to determine the treatment option that is best suited for you.
Schedule an appointment today to take the first step toward effectively treating your snoring, getting a better night’s sleep, and having better overall health.