Alternatives to CPAP in Glen Mills, PA
Comfortable Treatment for Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can lead to a range of serious health issues without treatment. That’s why it’s important to take a sleep test and get an accurate diagnosis if you’re experiencing any symptoms.
While CPAP machines are commonly used for sleep apnea treatment, many patients find them too bulky and uncomfortable to sleep with. They’re also noisy and they force you to sleep on your back.
As a minimally invasive alternative to CPAP, Dr. McCoy is happy to offer customized oral appliances for sleep apnea treatment.
Traditional Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances keep your airway open while you sleep by gently shifting your lower jaw forward and/or holding your tongue in place. Unlike CPAP machines, these devices are comfortable, silent, easily portable, and allow you to sleep in any position you want.
Though they look like sports mouthpieces, these oral appliances work to combat sleep apnea in one of two ways. They can either push your jaw forward slightly to open your airway or hold your tongue in place so it doesn’t collapse into your throat.
If you’re tired of wearing your CPAP mask, Dr. McCoy can customize an oral appliance just for you. With his help, you can finally enjoy the quality sleep you deserve.
Vivos DNA Therapy
An increasingly popular treatment option at our practice is the Vivos DNA System. Used to help patients with a narrow or compromised airway, this system will expand your jaw to a proper position without the need for surgery.
By opening up your airway, the Vivos DNA System allows you to get the oxygen you need to breathe freely overnight. As a result, you can wake up every morning feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to start your day.
Vivos treatment has the potential to make a permanent change in your anatomy. That means you may eventually be able to safely sleep without any kind of oral device.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is sleep apnea treatment covered by insurance?
Health insurance coverage for sleep apnea treatment varies depending on your insurance provider. For the details of your coverage, we recommend contacting your provider and asking about sleep apnea.
If you’re concerned about affording treatment for sleep apnea, we can help. Contact our office by calling 610-358-5690 or by filling out our online contact form. We’ll talk through your options and help you choose the payment that works best for you.
How does sleep apnea treatment work?
Sleep apnea treatment works by keeping your airway open while you’re asleep so you can breathe normally and get the rest you need. The two main types of sleep apnea treatment both do this, but their methods are slightly different.
CPAP (continuous-positive airway pressure) machines, work by pushing a stream of air in through your mouth. The increase in air pressure in the throat prevents it from closing while you’re asleep.
Oral appliances, or mouthpieces, can work in one of two ways. One variation pushes your lower jaw forward slightly to keep your airway open. The other type holds your tongue in place, preventing it from collapsing back into your throat.
Does OSA treatment reduce cardiovascular risk?
Yes, the risk of cardiovascular disease often lowers with sleep apnea treatment. Sleep apnea causes a significant risk of developing cardiovascular issues, and treatment can lower this risk.
Sleep apnea treatment helps reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and can help with type 2 diabetes. Other benefits of sleep apnea treatment include possible weight loss, increased energy, reduced risk of depression, and more.
Does sleep apnea need treatment?
Sleep apnea needs treatment because it doesn’t go away on its own. Very rarely, sleep apnea caused by obesity can be relieved with weight loss, but treatment without professional help is dangerous.
Sleep apnea poses many severe physical health risks as well as potential mental health issues. Professional sleep apnea treatment can provide immediate relief and begin reducing your risk sooner rather than later.
Visit Dr. McCoy for Oral Appliance Therapy
If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. McCoy. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), he has the experience to ensure you receive a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.
Call our office in Glen Mills at 610-358-5690 and schedule a consultation with Dr. McCoy today. It’s your first step to a better night’s sleep.
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