CPAP alternatives to treat Sleep Apnea in Farmington Hills
By Dr. Richard Bernstein
Some alternatives similar to CPAP are the APAP machine, the BiPAP machine, and the CPAP with C-Flex machine. The APAP machine uses an algorithm that senses breathing changes and adjusts the air pressure automatically during sleep, which provides a more comfortable sleeping experience. The BiPAP machine adjusts the pressure delivered to the patient when inhaling and exhaling. For patients who require a higher pressure when inhaling, it can be uncomfortable to exhale against the same pressure level. This machine will alleviate the issue by reducing the pressure on the exhale. CPAP with C-Flex is another option for those patients whose air pressure needs are 3cm or less.
In addition to the airway pressure machines, there are surgical alternatives to CPAP. These surgical interventions are designed to minimize or completely alleviate the possibility of an airway obstruction during sleep.
- Adenotonsillectomy removes the patients’ adenoids and tonsils; lymphatic tissues located where the nasal passages meet the throat.
- Nasal Surgery is another option for those patients with airway obstructions caused by a deviated septum or other nasal passage inflammation or airway narrowing.
- Mallixomandibular Advancement (MMA) surgery adjusts the upper and lower parts of the jawbone to enlarge the space behind the tongue and soft palate.
- Tracheostomy is used when all other methods to treat the sleep apnea have failed. A breathing valve is surgically inserted into the windpipe. The valve is closed during the day to allow the patient normal breathing and speaking and opened at night to bypass the airway obstruction.
- Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) look similar to the mouth guards used in sports. The goal of the device is to push the lower jaw down slightly and pull the tongue forward to minimize the obstruction. These devices will not alleviate the sleep apnea in its entirety and they may be used in conjunction with CPAP.
- Tongue-retaining mouthpieces are designed to adjust the position of the tongue during sleep. The device is placed on the tip of the patients tongue and rests on the lips.
Richard S. Bernstein D.D.S
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With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein is a renowned cosmetic dentist and is passionate about providing the best for his patients, making him a respected pillar of trust amongst his community. He possesses a Masters in Biochemistry - WSU School of Medicine, and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery - University of Detroit.He is presently a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Diplomate in the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry (ABAD) to name a few.
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