Sleep Apnea Treatments & CPAP Alternatives in Philadelphia, PA

A woman sleeping while wearing a CPAP machine

Your Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

The first step in treating your sleep disorder is to ensure a proper diagnosis. Taking a sleep study is the only way to determine if you have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea. Sleep studies are designed to evaluate your sleep quality and measure specific factors, like snoring, breathing levels, and body movements. This test is typically conducted at a sleep clinic but Dr. Slodobdinksy also offers take-home sleep studies for your convenience. 

Once you’ve received a proper sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Slobodinksy will review your test results and find a treatment that fits your needs and preferences.

The Problem With CPAP

CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines deliver air through a hose and a mask into the airway to prevent it from collapsing. While it’s been the standard sleep apnea treatment for many years, the forced air and its bulky size are the cause of many complaints. 

Patients report being dissatisfied with the device for various reasons, including:

  • Noisy
  • Inconvenient when traveling
  • Uncomfortable
  • Dry or stuffy nose
  • Feeling claustrophobic
  • Skin irritation or pressure sores
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dry mouth

The downsides of CPAP treatment cause patients to stop using it altogether. Fortunately, Dr. Slobodinky offers CPAP alternatives to ensure that patients get the treatment they need for their sleep apnea.

Find Relief With Oral Appliances

Many of our patients find relief from their snoring and sleep apnea using our customized oral appliances. Here at Sleep Well Philadephia, we can treat your sleep apnea with the help of the Zyppah® Professional device. This oral appliance works by gently shifting your jaw forward to help prevent your airway from collapsing. 

This noiseless device resembles a retainer and it doesn’t contain any wires or tubes that can disrupt your sleep. We believe that the Zyppah® Professional device is the most effective and comfortable appliance for treating sleep apnea and snoring. Now you can get the treatment you need without the hassles that accompany CPAP.

Additional CPAP Alternatives 

In addition to the use of your oral appliance, Dr. Slobodinksy may recommend certain lifestyle changes so we can address underlying issues and you can get the most out of your treatment. Natural remedies to help relieve snoring and sleep apnea include:

  • Regular exercise & a well-balanced diet: Diets such as the Mediterranean diet can be an effective way to lose weight and reduce excess tissue blocking the airway.
  • Positional therapy: Avoiding sleeping on your back can help reduce your sleep apnea symptoms. It’s used to improve breathing patterns and reduce snoring. 
  • Throat & mouth exercises: These can help relieve your symptoms of sleep apnea. It works by strengthening the muscles along the airway.
  • Limit alcohol consumption & avoid tobacco: This will help decrease the severity of your symptoms. 

Once you’ve been properly diagnosed, Dr. Slobodinksy will help create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. This will include remedies and lifestyle changes that would work best for your unique situation in combination with an oral appliance. 

In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended after conservative treatments have proved to be unsuccessful. However, the surgery is invasive and only used as a last resort.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any way to cure sleep apnea?
What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?
What are the different types of sleep apnea?
What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?

Is there any way to cure sleep apnea?

For the most extensive patient cases, surgery may be required to eliminate symptoms associated with sleep apnea. However, this is only used as a last resort. Thankfully, Dr. Slobodinsky offers various ways of treating sleep apnea before surgery is even considered.

If you’re experiencing sleep apnea symptoms, schedule a consultation by calling (215) 739-2543. During the consultation, Dr. Slobodinsky will examine your symptoms and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study.

What are the risk factors for sleep apnea?

Risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Age — older patients are at a higher risk for sleep apnea
  • Gender — males are at a higher risk for sleep apnea
  • Excess weight
  • Circumference of the neck — thick necks may have narrower airways
  • Family history
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use

Almost 80 percent of people with sleep apnea don’t realize they have it, so it’s important to get tested if you do show any of these risk factors. Getting diagnosed and treated can not only save your life, but it can also dramatically increase its quality.

What are the different types of sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea and is caused by the relaxation of the muscles at the back of the throat. Because these muscles support the surrounding tissues, when they relax the airway closes as you breathe in and therefore disrupts the flow of oxygen into your lungs. Your brain wakes you up as soon as you stop breathing and it can be such a brief stimulus that you may not even remember waking up.

Central sleep apnea is less common and has more to do with your central nervous system. In these situations, your brain, your muscles, and your lungs simply aren’t communicating well. Treatment for central sleep apnea is very different from treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, so it’s important to know which one applies to you.

What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?

If sleep apnea is untreated, it can have serious health consequences and even lead to premature death. Long-term health complications include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • High blood pressure

The sooner you begin sleep apnea treatment, the sooner you can begin reversing the damage caused by sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation with Dr. Slobodinsky by calling (215) 739-2543. During the consultation, we’ll discuss your symptoms and determine if you would benefit from a sleep study so we can start treatment right away.

Get a Better Night’s Sleep

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Slobodinsky will form a well-rounded treatment plan to help improve your symptoms so you can rest soundly. Schedule a consultation by calling our office at (215) 739-2543 or simply fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly. Your road to recovery starts with a peaceful night’s rest.