I have mild sleep apnea and have been using a CPAP device for a few years. I really don’t like it. The sound scares my wife. It’s bulky, invasive, and uncomfortable. Are there options or is my wife stuck sleeping with Darth Vader?
Ben H. – Colorado
You’re not alone in your dislike of a CPAP. We’ve heard from quite a few patients seeking an alternative.
Before your wife starts threatening you with a Jedi battle, I’d talk to a dentist familiar with sleep apnea and all the treatments available.
There is an oral device that can be used. It looks a little like a sport’s mouth guard and doesn’t make any sounds. However, it is only viable for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.
I’m assuming, because you have a CPAP, that you’ve already had a sleep study done. That will help your dentist determine if alternative treatments will work for you.
If you haven’t had a study done. I’d highly recommend it. You can often get your insurance to cover it with a note from your doctor.
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