How do you treat sleep apnea without CPAP?
• BiPAP machine
A bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) treatment is also an option. This mask uses pressurized air to keep your airways open, similar to CPAP. CPAP is different from other sleep aids because the pressure is the same whether you breathe in or out. Those who use CPAPs may find it difficult to breathe out due to the pressure. There are two pressure settings on a BiPAP machine. While you’re exhaling out, the pressure is lower than when you’re inhaling in. If you suffer from heart or lung disease, the lower pressure might make it easier to exhale.
• Oral appliances
Oral appliances are less cumbersome than CPAP. They look like a mouthguard that you wear while playing sports. The FDA has approved more than 100 types of oral appliances for treating OSA. These appliances move your lower jaw forward or keep your tongue in place.
Your tongue and upper airway tissues are less likely to collapse and block your airway as you sleep. Oral appliances are most effective for those with mild to moderate OSA. Oral appliances are most effective when they’re custom-made. If a device is poorly fitted, jaw problems may contribute to sleep apnea. Fitting the device and monitoring its effectiveness will be the responsibility of a specialized dentist.