If you’re not bonding with the mask, tubes, and noise of your current sleep apnea treatment, board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, at Pikes Peak ENT offer effective alternatives to the CPAP machine. Pikes Peak has three locations to serve you, two in Colorado Springs and one in Woodland Park, Colorado. Their ENT specialists offer cutting-edge treatment for a full range of ENT conditions, which they combine with a patient-focused attitude that makes you feel at home. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop and start breathing multiple times throughout the night. You may not be aware of the process since the stop/start cycles occur rapidly, but sleep apnea can make it impossible to get a solid night’s sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, the most common type, affects most people with the condition.
OSA occurs when muscles at the back of your throat relax during sleep. These muscles normally support your soft palate, uvula (a piece of tissue that hangs from the soft palate), tonsils, tongue, and side walls of your throat.
When you have OSA, these muscles relax enough that your airway narrows significantly or closes when you breathe. This lowers the oxygen level in your blood. When your brain senses this, it wakes you up enough to open your airway. This cycle may occur up to 30 times an hour, or more, all night long.
Your Pikes Peak ENT provider can offer several alternatives to CPAP, which include:
Dental devices, also called oral appliances, can offer a comfortable alternative to CPAP for OSA and may even solve unrelated snoring issues. Each is custom fit for the size and shape of your mouth and designed to be worn during sleep. They work by supporting the jaw in a slightly forward position, which helps prevent your airway from closing.
Inspire is an FDA-approved device that’s implanted just under the skin of your neck and chin during a quick in-office procedure. The device gently stimulates airway muscles throughout the night so that they remain open. Pikes Peak ENT is the first practice in the area to offer this effective treatment to the Colorado community.
Your Pikes Peak ENT provider can perform surgery to treat OSA that’s resistant to more conservative therapy. The goal of surgery is to permanently remove the excess tissue that obstructs your airways during sleep. There are numerous surgical procedures available for treating OSA, and your provider will recommend the type(s) that best fit your needs.
Find out more about treatment options for sleep apnea that might prove most effective for your situation. Schedule a visit at Pikes Peak ENT today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.