CPAP & Its Alternatives
Sleep apnea is a significant health issue, both for the patient and the person they share a bed with. CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are the most commonly used treatments for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
Known as the “gold standard” method for treatment, CPAP can be very effective, especially for patients with severe sleep apnea. But CPAP has major drawbacks that prevent many patients from getting the treatment they need. For example, it’s loud and it restricts your movements during sleep.
Dr. Greenman features alternatives to CPAP, such as our convenient oral appliances. This is a small, less-invasive, more comfortable solution available for many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dr. Greenman will find the treatment that works best for you.
How Untreated Sleep Apnea Affects Your Health
Untreated sleep apnea will damage your overall health and wellbeing in several ways. It increases your risk for several adverse conditions, including heart disease, strokes, depression, and obesity. It also leads to daytime drowsiness, which can be detrimental to your performance at work as well as increasing your risk for dangerous automobile accidents.
Getting the Right Care for Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Is your sleep partner frequently kept awake by your snoring? Snoring is the most common indication that someone is suffering from sleep apnea, but many people are unaware of the correlation between the two.
The best way to find out for sure if you’re suffering from sleep apnea is to visit a qualified sleep dentist like Dr. Greenman. A sleep study will determine if your heavy snoring is caused by sleep apnea. If you’re not suffering from sleep apnea, Dr. Greenman can still treat your snoring.
Seeking the proper treatment for your sleep apnea is crucial. Dr. Greenman will make sure you get the right diagnosis and the proper treatment. It’s time for both you and your partner to sleep soundly so you both can wake up feeling refreshed, energized, and ready for the day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any additional ways to treat sleep apnea?
There are various lifestyle changes that can help reduce sleep apnea symptoms and enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Most sleep specialists recommend maintaining a healthy weight through regular exercise and a nutritional, well-balanced diet. Additional alternatives include changing your sleep position, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and using a humidifier.
Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Your insurance provider may pay a portion of your treatment for sleep apnea, but some may not. We recommend contacting your provider ahead of time to get a complete understanding of your coverage. If you’d like, we’ll assist you with billing your insurance company and help you make the most of your benefits. Dr. Greenman offers flexible payment options to ensure each patient receives the quality care they deserve.