I have been diagnosed with OSA (avg 40 episodes/hr) during a recent home sleep study. I have been told that I am considered to have a severe case and that an oral appliance will not work for me. I am absolutely dreading the CPAP and was hoping that you might suggest an alternative, such as an oral appliance, that would help. What alternatives are there? Which ones can be effective for a case as severe as mine?
Doctors Answers (2)
Since you have already ruled out an oral appliance, CPAP is your best and most effective alternative. Don't dread CPAP use. If you can keep an open mind, you will most likely be pleasantly pleased by how well it works for you. CPAP/Bilevel is very effective if set correctly and used.
Since you have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, these devices can be helpful to keep from progressing. Weight loss is an option, and there are surgeries available. You may consider a combination therapy of oral appliance along with the CPAP device.