Sleep Apnea Treatment Options in Silver Spring
CPAP Isn’t Your Only Option
Dr. Alice Bassford is an experienced sleep dentist. In fact, she’s been recognized for her sleep apnea care by the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. If you’re suffering from sleep apnea, she’ll help you find the treatment that’s right for you.
Many of our patients in Silver Spring have already tried CPAP, but they weren’t happy with it. CPAP is the most popular sleep apnea treatment and it can be very effective, but it also has a lot of drawbacks that make it unpleasant to use. CPAP is loud, restrictive, and difficult to clean.
A CPAP machine delivers a constant stream of warm air into the airway through a mask that’s worn over the patient’s face. It requires you to sleep on your back all night long and it has to be removed and reattached if you want to get up during the night for any reason. According to Kaiser Health News, “as many as 50% of patients stop using the device.”
Oral Appliance Therapy–Quiet and Convenient
Dr. Bassford features effective alternatives for patients who aren’t satisfied with their CPAP machine. For example, our easy-to-use oral appliance therapy is very popular with our patients. An oral appliance keeps the airway open by holding the lower jaw and base of the tongue forward. This relieves sleep apnea symptoms and prevents snoring so you and the people around you can get healthy, refreshing sleep every night.
Unlike CPAP, an oral appliance is small and it doesn’t require a power source, so you can take it anywhere. The device is easy to maintain, while a CPAP machine requires extensive cleaning on a regular basis to eliminate harmful mold and bacteria. An oral appliance also allows you to sleep in any position that feels comfortable.
Additional Treatments for Sleep Apnea
There are a number of treatments and lifestyle changes that can reduce the severity of sleep apnea symptoms. For example, losing weight will relieve pressure on the tissue that’s blocking the airway. Quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol consumption, especially right before bed, will also lessen the intensity of your sleep apnea symptoms.
Patients are most likely to have sleep apnea episodes when sleeping on their back. Strategies that work to prevent patients from sleeping on their backs are referred to as positional therapy. In some cases, surgery is recommended to remove the excess tissue — but Dr. Basso makes every effort to treat our patients using less invasive therapies.
Our Sleep Apnea Care
If you have any remaining questions about our sleep apnea care, feel free to give us a call at (301)593-5500. We’ll be happy to answer your questions. We can also schedule a consultation with Dr. Bassford. Relief is just a phone call away.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are my options for sleep apnea treatment?
Typically, the first treatment recommended for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. The machine delivers a steady stream of air into your lungs overnight to help you breathe. While it’s effective for some patients, many others stop using CPAP due to the uncomfortable mask and loud noise made by the machine.
As a less-invasive alternative, Dr. Bassford offers oral appliance therapy to relieve snoring and sleep apnea. These convenient devices are small, comfortable, portable, and allow you to sleep in any position you like. When combined with healthy lifestyle choices like a nutritious diet and regular exercise, an oral appliance can help you manage sleep apnea and get the rest you need.
How do I decide which sleep apnea treatment is right for me?
Once you’re diagnosed with sleep apnea, our Silver Spring sleep dentist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. During your consultation, she’ll get to know you and listen to your symptoms, in addition to answering any questions you have about your treatment options.
For many of our patients, we recommend oral appliance therapy as a convenient alternative to CPAP. These devices offer several unique benefits that other treatments can’t, making them an especially popular option.