Thursday, November 24, 2022

Is No-Mask CPAP Right For You?

Continuous positive airway pressure therapy controls sleep apnea symptoms and restores restful sleep. How about if you can’t stand the CPAP mask? Many sleep apnea patients try different masks but can’t find one that works. Sleep apnea patients say CPAP masks, especially full-face masks, cause claustrophobia. Here are CPAP options without a mask. These options treat OSA without a mask. We’ll discuss CPAP Pro and Inspire Therapy. We will explain what they are and how they work so you can decide if they’re beneficial.

CPAP Pro: What Exactly Is It?

The first CPAP without a mask is CPAP Pro. The CPAP Pro delivers CPAP or BiPAP without a mask or headgear. Their claim is “no more leaks,” so if your mask leaks, you may want to consider this sleep disorder treatment. The product includes nasal puffs or nasal pillows, 1 pair of corrugated tubes, 1 connector piece to connect the tubes, 1 boil-n-bite mouthpiece, 1 pack of exhalation diffusers, screws, nuts, and a “Y” coupling where tubing is attached.

This device’s odd appearance makes you wonder how it works. Let us help. Two nylon screws hold the dental mouthpiece bracket in place. Add 2 inches of water to the mouthpiece and place it in a pot. Bring water and mouthpiece to a boil. Remove the pot from the heat and insert the thermometer probe. When the water is cool enough, the thermometer will indicate (140-150 degrees Fahrenheit or 60-65 degrees Celsius). DO NOT REMOVE IT WITH YOUR HANDS. Use a spoon or tongs to avoid harm. After removing excess water, place the mouthpiece under your nose and against your upper teeth in a mirror. Apply as much upward pressure with your fingers and thumbs to imprint your teeth. After making an impression of your teeth in the mouthpiece, reattach it to the connector piece and insert the nasal puffs. Connect the CPAP tubing to the “Y” connector and turn on the machine. CPAP Pro is compatible with humidifiers. CPAP pro may not be able to withstand high air pressure settings, according to users. Before using CPAP pro, those with dental issues or dentures should see a dentist.

Inspire Therapy: What Is It?

Inspire therapy is an FDA-approved upper airway device for sleep apnea. Like a pacemaker, it stabilizes a sleeping patient’s tongue. The Inspire therapy pulse generator signals the hypoglossal nerve (tongue movement). Only nighttime inhalation sends the signal. Due to minor surgery under general anesthesia, this option may be scary for some. Consult your doctor before using this option. Inspire is implanted on the side of the chest, below the ribs and collarbone. If an obstruction is detected, the neurostimulator stimulates the tongue nerve. A remote can activate it before bed. Blood vessel damage, excessive bleeding, nerve trauma, an allergic reaction, or implant rejection are possible side effects. If you have sinus allergies or a deviated septum, Inspire won’t work. People who breathe through their mouths and don’t want to use oral appliances may benefit from Inspire therapy.

Final Reflections

We hope to have clarified these nomask CPAP/Bilevel options. If you’re looking for a CPAP mask, consider the following options. Consult a doctor before making any decisions.

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