Alternatives To CPAP Machines For Sleep Apnea Patients
They Include Special Mouthpieces That Push The Jaw And Pacemaker-Like Implants
The usual treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP machines, but many people can’t stand wearing the mask that forces air into their lungs. This is less common because masks are smaller and quieter. There are some alternatives. The simpler ones are sewing tennis balls in the back of the pajamas to discourage sleeping on the back. This is because the relaxed tissues at the back of the throat interrupt the airflow when the person is sleeping on his back. Another alternative is wearing a special mouthpiece, which forces the jaw forward, but in some cases can cause jaw pain. There are also devices similar to pacemakers, which are implanted near the patient’s tongue and emit a mild electrical current that contracts the muscles at the back of the tongue, freeing up the airway. However, most sleep apnea sufferers are obese, and the excessive neck tissue contributes to blocking their air passage. Therefore, these alternatives won’t be very effective unless the patient begins a diet and exercise regime. Additional information click here.