CPAP AlternativesIn Gig Harbor
We offer comfortable, non-invasive sleep therapy solutions to help our South Sound area patients.
Oral appliances are a comfortable, noninvasive treatment option for people who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As an alternative to CPAP, many patients find more success with an oral appliance due to the fact that it is simply a small appliance, similar to a night guard, which fits in your mouth while you sleep. Dr. Iregui works with a variety of oral appliances so that she can find the perfect one for you.
How does an oral appliance work?
If you experience any of these symptoms, you could have sleep apnea. We work closely with you, your primary care physician, and/or sleep physician to help you sleep soundly and feel rested once again.
Your oral appliance is custom-fitted to your mouth. Worn while you sleep, the oral appliance repositions and stabilizes your lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula. This prevents your airway from collapsing while you sleep.
Standards of Care
Patients with primary snoring who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.
Patients with mild or moderate OSA do not need to try treatment with a CPAP first. They can go directly into an oral appliance.
Patients with mild, moderate, or severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patients who refuse treatment, or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, craniofacial operations, or tracheostomy.
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An Overview of Your Treatment Options
At SoundBridge, we work with you and your physicians to treat your Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Here is an overview of other sleep apnea treatments your doctor may recommend.
- Lifestyle changes: Often, exercise and weight loss can be an effective way to reduce sleep apnea symptoms.
- CPAP: Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) keeps your airway open while you sleep by enabling a constant stream of air into your mouth, through a mask you wear while you sleep.
- Oral appliance: Oral appliances work to reposition and stabilize the muscles and bones of your lower face to prevent airway collapse while you sleep.
- Upper airway surgeries: These surgeries are performed by an oral surgeon or ENT. There are several surgical techniques that can be used to change the tissues of the soft palate, uvula, and tongue as well as restructure the upper and lower jaw. These techniques reduce or prevent airway collapse.
Let us help you find peaceful sleep once again!
We are proud to offer sleep apnea solutions for our patients in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and surrounding South Sound areas.