‘Mask-less’ Alternatives for Sleep Apnea

Mask-less options for sleep apneaCPAP therapy is considered ideal treatment for many obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers, especially those diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA. However, CPAP compliance has always been a problem for patients. Many OSA patients have anxiety problems when attempting CPAP therapy; others may find their sleep quality even poorer when they wear it.

Luckily, professional oral appliance therapy (OAT) is also recommended as standard of care for mild to moderate apnea patients, or for those with severe who cannot tolerate CPAP. OAT has been researched for over 3 decades, and there are many scholarly written articles demonstrating the effectiveness of this therapy. But for some patients oral devices may be not fully effective. The possible consideration of additional ‘mask-less’ types of treatment may be of help.

I came across this article recently in the Wall Street Journal Sleep Apnea Alternatives, Minus the CPAP Mask and thought we’d share it with you.

It’s important to note that there is limited research to this point on some of these options, such as the Winx treatment. Nonetheless, I like the idea of looking beyond traditional therapy when a patient is simply not wearing CPAP. Although the article describes several ‘mask-less’ treatments for OSA, it’s important to also note, there are additionally other options not listed here.

Hope you enjoy the article!


Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy for over 15 years successfully.  We are extremely passionate in helping individuals that have been struggling with CPAP therapy in Naperville, Lisle, Aurora, Bolingbrook and surrounding Chicago suburbs.  For more information on this physician recommended treatment option visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com or call us at (630)369-5508.

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  1. The idea of treating sleep apnea without the bulky CPAP mask is very tempting. So many people find that mask very uncomfortable.

    Comment by Alison — September 19, 2013 @ 7:23 am

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