The Lexington Patient’s Guide
Treating Sleep Apnea: CPAP & its Alternatives
CPAP is the most commonly prescribed treatment for severe sleep apnea. But for many patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea, dental appliances are an effective and convenient alternative.
A dental appliance is a small device that keeps the airway open while you sleep and doesn’t interfere with your mobility or comfort. Unlike CPAP, an oral appliance is completely portable. It doesn’t force you to sleep in a particular position and no power source is required. That’s why many patients find an oral appliance to be much less restrictive than CPAP.
Dr. Takacs will see to it that you get the treatment that’s right for you.
We Treat Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Heavy snoring is often a sign that a patient suffers from sleep apnea. Daytime drowsiness, irritability, and difficulty concentrating are additional symptoms. It’s essential to get the correct diagnosis if you think you might be living with sleep apnea.
Dr. Takacs will find out if your heavy snoring and other symptoms are due to sleep apnea. Once we have the right diagnosis, we can design an individualized treatment plan just for you.
However, if we find that your heavy snoring isn’t due to sleep apnea, we can still treat it using a small and convenient oral appliance. This will allow you and your loved ones to get relief and a good night’s sleep.
The Risks of Ignoring Your Sleep Apnea
It’s estimated that millions of Americans are suffering from sleep apnea without their knowledge. Unfortunately, the consequences of untreated sleep apnea are much more serious than many people realize.
If you have untreated sleep apnea, you’re more likely to suffer from a stroke or a heart attack, which could prove fatal. Additionally, sleep apnea leaves you more vulnerable to a number of medical conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Living with sleep apnea can make you feel tired and listless throughout the day. In fact, many patients fall asleep at inappropriate times due to the fatigue that results from their inability to get a restful night’s sleep. The irritability and difficulty concentrating that often results from sleep apnea can damage your personal and professional life.