What If I Can’t Use My CPAP Mask?
For people suffering from sleep apnea, one of the most common, and often effective, treatments, is a CPAP mask. A CPAP mask delivers oxygenated air to the patient when they are sleeping to keep the airway open and to prevent oxygen deprivation. It is a non-invasive solution, and often the first method used for treating sleep apnea. However, a CPAP mask isn’t something everyone can tolerate.
Problems with CPAP Masks
For some people, it is simply impossible to get used to sleeping with a mask over the nose and mouth. For others, it interferes with their ability to sleep, or even with their relationships and love life. Some people simply forget to use it. If the CPAP mask isn’t working for you, there are other options.
Non-Invasive Options for Sleep Apnea
If a CPAP mask isn’t working for you, leaving your sleep apnea untreated is not a safe option. However, there are other non-invasive treatments available, including an oral appliance. Oral appliances are effective for people with mild obstructive sleep apnea and works by maintaining the airway.
Minimally Invasive Sleep Apnea Treatments
For a more permanent solution that requires no nightly appliance or gear, some patients benefit from Palate Coblation®. Palate coblation works by applying low-temperature radiofrequency technology to create channels in your soft palate’s tissue, which creates scar tissue that stiffens the palate and prevents obstruction.
Surgical Treatment for Sleep Apnea
A uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, or UPPP, is an outpatient surgery that removes the uvula as well as excessive tissue on the palate and throat causing an airway blockage. The treatment is often used on patients who exhibit signs of severe snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
There are options for treating your sleep apnea beyond the CPAP mask. If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea or snoring and the CPAP mask is not working for you, you may benefit from one of these alternative treatments. The first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience treating a variety of sleep disorders. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.