An Effective Alternative to CPAP for Sleep Apnoea

sleeping manIt is said that CPAP is the most effective treatment for sleep apnoea. The CPAP, an air pressure device with a mask worn during sleep, is very (99 percent) effective at maintaining airflow and reducing or eliminating the interrupted breathing that is caused by sleep apnoea. However, not all people are accustomed to using CPAP. The biggest challenge to CPAP's success in treating sleep apnoea has been compliance with treatment, specifically, wearing the mask.

For those who simply cannot tolerate CPAP treatment, an article from talks about an effective alternative for CPAP for treating sleep apnoea—oral appliance therapy.

  • Oral appliance therapy is an effective alternative to CPAP for some sleep apnoea patients. For subjects with OSA ranging from mild to severe, researchers found similar levels of success in both CPAP and oral appliance therapy.

  • Both oral appliance therapy and CPAP resulted in significant improvements to patient's sleep quality, as well as to their levels of daytime sleepiness.

  • Both treatments also showed similar reductions to levels of depression and anxiety, conditions frequently reported by sleep apnoea patients.

  • Both treatments were effective in reducing frequency of interrupted breathing episodes but CPAP was found more effective than oral appliance therapy at lowering AHI.

  • CPAP also demonstrated greater effectiveness in raising blood oxygen levels than oral appliance therapy.

  • Researchers concluded that oral appliance therapy was a viable treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnoea. For severe cases of OSA, researchers recommend CPAP as the best treatment option.

  • Australian researchers compared the two treatment options among 126 subjects with moderate to severe sleep apnoea. After one month of observed treatment, they found similar levels of effectiveness in both CPAP and oral appliance therapy. Both treatments showed similar capacity to improve daytime sleepiness and performance.

  • CPAP was determined more effective at reducing AHI, and oral appliances had higher rates of compliance.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.