Alternative Devices To Treat Sleep Apnea
Alternative Devices To Treat Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing while sleeping. There are many available treatments to improve this illness, including lifestyle changes such as losing height, changing sleep conditions, use of traditional medical devices or even surgery.

With the advancement in medical technology, more options are now available to bring more comfort and quality of life to patients. As the goal is to open the airways to guarantee better sleep, mouth devices can be a good alternative, as they will keep the jaw, tongue, and soft palate in the right place. It is possible to buy these devices over the counter or custom-made, but it is important to visit a dentist to make sure they are properly fitted. 

There are some specially designed pillows, called position pillows. They can be used in combination with other devices. These come in different styles to put the body in a proper condition and relieve facial pressure to improve the condition and associated symptoms such as snoring.

Alternative Devices To Treat Sleep Apnea
Alternative Devices To Treat Sleep Apnea

The traditional treatment, known as continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) is usually found as a mask that fits the nose and mouth and can cause discomforts such as nasal congestion, dry mouth, and skin irritation. Over the years, the devices have become smaller, lighter, and quieter, so if they are really needed, it might be better to set a medical appointment.

MSci Maísa Melo
MSci Maísa Melo

About the Author: MSci Maísa Melo is a Pharmacist and a current PhD student in cosmetic technology, from São Paulo, Brazil. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of São Paulo and has been involved with the development, stability, safety and efficacy of cosmetics since 2013. She has specialized in the clinical efficacy of cosmetics by biophysical and skin imaging techniques as well as the use of alternative models to animal testing. Her research work has been published in several scientific journals and book chapters from the field.