Sleep Apnea Treatment

Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes inconsistent breathing. If you snore loudly or often feel tired after a night’s sleep, you may be struggling with this disorder. Signs and symptoms may include:

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  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Dry mouth
  • Morning headache
  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia
  • Lack of focus
  • Irritability

Lack of sleep is a serious issue and sleep apnea can promote heart problems and other complications. If you believe you are a sleep apnea candidate or have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), it is time to find a treatment plan that works for you.

Though using a CPAP machine is an option, we know  that many patients are unable to achieve a restful sleep and often seek out alternative methods, like an oral appliance.

Sleep Apnea & Snoring Treatment Options

There are several treatments available for you to explore. Once you have been assessed by a doctor, a sleep dentist will be able to help determine the right option for you.


A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a device that may be recommended to promote healthy breathing during sleep. The machine consists of an air pump, mask, and tubes, that enable pressurized air to pump into your throat and lungs during sleep.

Although a CPAP is a common treatment plan for sleep apnea patients, these masks are not for everyone. Disadvantages include:

  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Skin irritation around mask placement
  • Airway dryness
  • An increased risk of sinus infection
  • Lack of sleep due to limited mobility
  • Smothering sensation
  • CPAP intolerance

CPAP intolerance is a common issue among patients that start on this treatment. Many patients find an inability to adjust to CPAP, which can deter a user from using the machine every night. Consistent use is necessary in order to treat this disorder.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Are you a frustrated CPAP user? Oral appliance therapy is a viable alternative which targets specific anatomical causes of OSA. This therapy consists of a simple mouthguard that is worn during sleep to open the jaw and allow comfortable, quiet, and unobstructed breathing.

Oral appliance therapy is an affordable and effective alternative for those who have been diagnosed with OSA, snore loudly, or have experienced CPAP intolerance. At Windsor Family Dentistry, we will be able to determine if an oral appliance is right for you.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in Windsor, CO

Denver Sleeps LogoIf you are looking for a practicing orthodontist with specialized sleep apnea expertise, Windsor dental can help! Our partners, Denver Sleeps, are a network of professionals located throughout the Denver area that have specialized in sleep apnea treatment for over 30 years.

To learn more about CPAP alternatives and sleep apnea treatment, please call Windsor Family Dentistry or contact Windsor Family Dentistry online.