Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. These episodes can happen anywhere from a few times a night to a few hundred times. The disturbance to your breathing occurs due to complete or partial blockage of your airways.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are the most common way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP machines contain a hose that hooks to the machine and a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth while sleeping. The machine blows air into your mouth and nose to prevent you from having apnea episodes.

CPAP Machines Are Not Your Only Option

Some people cannot tolerate wearing a CPAP machine or just prefer something else. Fortunately, several CPAP alternatives in Portland OR exist for your consideration. Dr. Mika Miyamoto at Moonlight Sleep Remedies always attempts the least invasive method of sleep apnea treatment first before recommending surgery.

Changing your sleep position

If you have only mild to moderate sleep apnea, sleeping in a different position may reduce or eliminate instances of breath stoppage during the night. Sleeping on your stomach or side is preferable since sleeping on your back increases the risk of your soft tissues and tongue collapsing into your airways.

Wearing an oral appliance

If you have ever worn a mouth guard for sports, you will recognize an oral appliance for sleep apnea. We customize the oral appliance to the precise fit of your mouth. When worn consistently, the sleep apnea mouth guard prevents an airway collapse by pushing your jaw slightly forward.

Don’t be afraid to seek treatment for sleep apnea just because you don’t want to use a CPAP machine. Dr. Miyamoto is happy to consider several CPAP alternatives in Portland OR until you find the solution that works for you.