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Solutions for CPAP Intolerance and Treatments

Solutions for CPAP Intolerance and TreatmentsMany Americans struggle from sleep problems, and almost one-fourth of them struggle with fatigue and sleepiness during the daytime. When untreated, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can increase your risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression. Sleep apnea can also interfere with your partner’s sleep and leave him or her at an increased risk of the same health problems. Although CPAP machines have long been considered the gold standard of sleep apnea care, they may not be appropriate for all patients. Our Torrance sleep apnea treatment expert offers alternatives for those who cannot tolerate CPAP treatments.

CPAP masks can be uncomfortable, and bulky, and they can even interfere with sleep. Oral appliances can decrease the need for CPAP or can be used with CPAP to treat more complex or difficult sleep apnea cases. If you are a candidate for an oral appliance, our dentist will customize an appliance that will help keep your airway open and support a healthy jaw position. Combination therapy, or combining CPAP with oral appliances, may be appropriate for those for whom CPAP alone has been ineffective. We may also recommend lifestyle changes, such as avoiding sedatives, alcohol and tobacco or losing weight.

Other treatments and procedures may also be recommended, and in some cases, we may suggest surgery, which can be used to remove excess tissue and alleviate breathing difficulties. If you suffer from sleep apnea, have severe snoring or are experiencing daytime sleepiness or other symptoms of sleep disorders, we can help. Contact our Torrance dentist today to schedule your consultation.

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