Treatment for Sleep Apnea (Other than CPAP)

Is there an alternative treatment for sleep apnea, other than CPAP?

If you’re looking for an alternative to CPAP for sleep apnea treatment, you’re not alone. The prospect of relying on a continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) mask for relief of their sleep apnea symptoms is pretty disheartening for most patients.

CPAP machines are often cumbersome, loud, uncomfortable, and challenging to adjust correctly. In the past, it was one of the few solutions for sleep apnea relief.

Your sleep apnea diagnosis does not necessarily sentence you to nights chained to a CPAP machine. New devices for sleep apnea are available, allowing you to have a great night’s sleep – without relying on highly invasive machinery.


You now have a variety of options available as you seek to treat sleep apnea symptoms.

Let’s take a look at a few ways you can manage your sleep apnea without a CPAP machine.

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle and health habits aren’t always to blame for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, many patients see a dramatic reduction in apnea symptoms with a change in lifestyle.

Three major factors that may exacerbate sleep apnea are weight, smoking, and alcohol use.

Many patients find after losing weight, smoking cessation, or avoiding alcohol consumption (especially before bed), they’re able to manage their sleep apnea symptoms.

Change Sleep position

Patients may find relief from sleep apnea woes by merely changing their sleep position. By using a sleep positioner, patients sleep on their side rather than their back and find some relief.


Sleep apnea surgery is a highly invasive form of managing sleep apnea.

Several surgical options are available for managing sleep apnea. These procedures range from minor procedures like balloon sinuplasty to dramatic options like a tracheostomy. Surgery is often the last resort for most patients.

Dental intervention

Dentists, like Dr. Eversgerd in Mandeville, are trained to assess the oral cavity and provide CPAP free sleep apnea treatment.

The snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea may seem like an annoying sleep disrupter, but it is a far more serious problem. It is critical to consult your dentist if you have symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can lead to potentially life-threating issues. However, with proper treatment, your sleep apnea symptoms don’t have to impact your quality of life.

Dentists can fit you with a dental device to alleviate your sleep apnea symptoms. With the help of a dental device, you can enjoy a deep sleep and proper oxygen flow throughout the night. See Dr. Eversgerd for a sleep apnea test.

Oral Appliances

Mandibular repositioning devices are often used to correct sleep apnea without the use of CPAP equipment. Dental appliances alleviate sleep apnea symptoms by repositioning the lower jaw and ensuring the airway remains open while sleeping.

Oral appliances provide a simple, comfortable solution for mild to moderate sleep apnea. These appliances are silent, more comfortable, and require less maintenance than a CPAP machine, making them the ideal choice for sleep apnea treatment.

If you elect to treat your mild to moderate sleep apnea with an oral device, the treatment process is fairly straightforward. You’ll work with our team to ensure you have a perfect fit, and your oral device is effectively managing your sleep apnea symptoms. When properly calibrated, your appliance will hold your jaw in a natural position as you sleep, allowing ideal oxygen flow throughout the night. Maintaining adequate oxygen flow allows you to have an uninterrupted, restful night’s sleep.

Interested in treating your sleep apnea with a mandibular repositioning device? Here’s what to expect:

  1. You’ll have an initial consultation with Dr. Eversgerd. We will ensure your teeth are in good condition and you’re a good candidate for an oral device for treating your sleep apnea.
  2. Dr. Eversgerd will work with your primary care physician and sleep specialist. This team approach ensures you’re receiving effective treatment and customizing a plan to meet your specific needs. 
  3. You’ll have follow-up visits to confirm that your device is working correctly. Adjustments to calibrate your positioner can be made during follow up visits.

If you’re looking for a treatment for sleep apnea other than a CPAP, you have excellent options. We’d love to discuss how we can help you manage your sleep apnea without the use of a CPAP machine. We’re thrilled to provide CPAP alternatives for the Mandeville area. Dr. Eversgerd is trained to help fit patients with the oral appliance (CPAP alternative) that’s right for them.

Contact us today, and we’d love to provide a consultation for your oral appliance and get you on your way to a great night’s sleep. To schedule your sleep apnea consultation appointment, please contact us and call Allure Dental at (985) 951-2220.

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