CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) consists of an air compressor, a hose, and a mask, which are used to blow air into the mouth and nose during sleep. CPAP treatment can be very effective, but compliance (a patient’s ability to actually use it regularly) is quite low.
CPAP Compliance Is Very Low
If you’ve tried CPAP and just can’t use it, you aren’t alone. While CPAP can be very effective if worn regularly, many patients simply find it too cumbersome and uncomfortable to use. Complaints range from discomfort and dry mouth to nasal congestion, skin irritation, claustrophobia, and nightmares.
Those sharing a bed with someone using a CPAP machine also complain about noise, lights, and just having the device in the room.
Fortunately, CPAP is not your only option – there are many treatment options, and The Snoring Center can help you find an alternative that works best for you.
Effective CPAP Alternatives
The Snoring Center is the nation’s leading provider of minimally invasive, office-based treatments for snoring and sleep apnea. Our Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat physicians specialize in treating snoring and sleep apnea without resorting to invasive surgical procedures or cumbersome CPAP machines.
Our doctors do not perform traditional snoring or sleep apnea surgery. Instead, we specialize in less invasive, less painful, and less risky office based treatment options – all of which are FDA approved.
Procedures such as the Pillar Procedure, turbinate reduction, and laser tonsillectomy are all CPAP alternatives performed in the office using only local anesthesia, so patients can immediately return to their normal activities. Oral appliances are fitted quickly and conveniently.
Schedule an evaluation to learn more about all of your treatment options, and let The Snoring Center’s physicians help you get the restorative sleep that you need to be your best. Call today – you’ll be glad that you did.
Craig Schwimmer on CPAP Alternatives
Frequently Asked Questions
Does The Snoring Center sell CPAP machines?
No. We specialize in treatments other than CPAP and traditional surgery. We offer our patients minimally invasive, office based treatment options, including oral appliances and the Pillar Procedure.
Can CPAP Treat Severe Sleep Apnea?
In cases where snoring is very loud and disruptive, CPAP can provide relief. However, only after a sleep apnea study and diagnosis for obstructive sleep apnea is CPAP often prescribed.
Why is CPAP Seldom Used?
Fewer than 40% of patients who are prescribed CPAP use their machines regularly. Many find CPAP uncomfortable, inconvenient, and intrusive. Some are bothered by the noise or small lights on the machine. And other times, it’s the partners of the patient who dislike the CPAP machine, finding the noise disrupts their own sleep. The cleaning and maintaining of the machines also creates a barrier to continued use.