Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when breathing stops due to blockage of the airway. Traditional treatment for sleep apnea often includes recommendations for use of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask. While there are many people who get relief from their sleep apnea symptoms with a CPAP mask, it is not necessary for everyone with sleep apnea. There are alternatives to CPAP masks for treatment of sleep apnea, which we offer at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT in Alpharetta, GA.
CPAP masks are mechanical medical devices that change the air pressure in your throat to help keep the airway open during sleep. There are many different kinds of CPAP masks and machines, but most have a mask that fits over your nose and mouth and connects to a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure. These machines can be life-saving for those with severe sleep apnea, but they can also be invasive and inconvenient. Many patients with sleep apnea can improve their breathing and health with alternatives to CPAP masks.
Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatments
Dr. Julie Zweig is a highly respected ENT and Sleep Medicine specialist that is dual board certified. Her holistic and integrative approach to sleep and ENT disorders has earned her reputation as one of the top specialists in her field. Her goal for sleep apnea treatment is to obtain better breathing and overall health for her patients, which can often be achieved without the use of a CPAP mask. Some of the alternative sleep apnea treatments she offers include:
- Oral appliances to open the airway
- Palate coblation
- Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue
- Nasal obstruction treatments
Obstructive sleep apnea is often caused by enlarged tissues in the nasal passages, mouth and throat. CPAP masks do not change these conditions, only force air through them. Alternative sleep apnea treatments can address the source of obstruction, which can improve breathing and wellness for the patient.
If you have symptoms of sleep apnea or have been diagnosed with OSA, contact our team at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT. We offer alternative treatments to CPAP masks and machines at our medical center in Alpharetta, GA. Call our clinic to schedule a sleep apnea treatment consultation with Dr. Julie Zweig to discuss your options.