Are there treatments for sleep apnea that do not involve CPAP?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 01/23/2013.
Is CPAP the only way that you can cure sleep apnea? My husband refuses to wear the mask.

Doctors Answers (3)

Joseph Lee, DDS, FICOI
Answered on: 1/25/2013

An FDA approved oral sleep appliance can be used to treat sleep apnea as a first line of treatment for some people or as an alternative if a patient is CPAP-intolerant.

Timothy J. Delcambre, DDS, MHA
Answered on: 1/25/2013

CPAP is the standard of care for sleep apnea. If the sleep apnea is not the neurologic type but is the obstructive type, then an oral appliance can be made to bring the bottom jaw forward. This will open the airway behind the soft palate and tongue which may help the sleep apnea. A dental evaluation will be needed to see if your husband is a candidate for the apnea appliance.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 1/25/2013

Yes, there are other treatments and it is recommended that you talk to a Board Certified Sleep Specialist to discuss treatment options other than CPAP therapy.