cpap or oral appliance don’t work for me . dr. does not recommend surgery. what options do i have left?
Here’s a few options. None of them are as effective as CPAP or MAD but they’re worth trying.
- Tongue device like this:
It worked great for me and I was able to sleep as well as with my CPAP, however I did stop using it (and now use an OTC MAD) because it would fall out of my mouth every other night or so and I’d wake up groggy. You might have better luck with it.
- Throat exercises may help:
You will probably need to do these for weeks or months and will see improvements only gradually. I’ve tried these but was also switching around other treatments at the same time, so I’m not sure how big of an impact they’ve had. You can also learn to play the didgeridoo, which is reported to help, but I haven’t tried it myself.
If you mainly have problems when sleeping on your back, some people claim that sewing a tennis ball into the back of the shirt they sleep in (between the shoulder blades) prevents them from sleeping on their back and helps them improve sleep quality.
I know your doctor recommended against surgery, but I’m guessing he’s referring to the older surgeries. Have you considered the Inspire surgical implant? I’ve heard many great anecdotal reports about it but haven’t explored it myself.
Good luck and please report back what works and doesn’t work for the benefit of others!
Some patients have very mild sleep apnea while sleeping on their side, but once on their back, their AHI (Apnea–Hypopnea Index) would jump to more undesirable conditions. Positional therapy would be a great alternative; suitable for those who primarily have sleep apnea in supine position (back-sleepers). Items include belts, t-shirts, or pillows that have an object to prevent one from sleeping on the back. Different sleep apnea treatment options can be used together to help improve breathing and snoring, however, whether it is CPAP or alternative treatments, you must consult with your physician as not every option is suitable for everyone. If you are still struggling with CPAP therapy or do not wish to begin, talk to your sleep specialist about alternatives to evaluate which options would be most beneficial to your needs. To learn more about Cpap Therapy, call the experts from SleepEh today or Contact us to schedule an appointment.
Some great suggestions. Let us know what helps.