Treatment for Sleep Apnea

What are my treatment options?

For many years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks were the go-to treatment for symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. However, many patients find these masks uncomfortable to sleep in, making them an ineffective long-term option for managing symptoms. Fortunately, there are a variety of different options available to keep a snorer’s airways open during sleep.

Boston Center for Oral Health will evaluate your symptoms and perform an examination to pinpoint the cause or causes of the airway obstruction before recommending the best course of action.

Alternative solutions to the CPAP mask include:

  • Custom-made oral appliances: Dental devices can tease the lower jaw forward and prevent the tongue from blocking the main air passage during sleep. These devices are gentle, easy to wear and allow patients to avoid unwanted surgeries.
  • Oral surgeries: A more permanent solution to treat snoring and sleep apnea may involve surgery that sections the lower jaw and pulls the bone holding the tongue forward slightly. This surgery has an impressive success rate and can eliminate symptoms for good.

Learn More on Our Blog

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The Health Risks of Snoring & Why You Should Seek Treatment >
CPAP Alternative to Treat Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Boston >

For additional information about snoring and sleep apnea treatment at Boston Center for Oral Health, download our informational PDF here. 

To learn more about the science of sleep and why sleep matters, visit the Healthy Sleep Website, maintained by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Harvard Medical School Division of Sleep Medicine.

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