CPAP Alternatives in Foley & Daphne, AL
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks are typically the first treatment option recommended when a patient is dealing with chronic snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. While CPAP can be an effective sleep disorder treatment for some patients when used as directed, some patients find it difficult to tolerate because the mask can be uncomfortable and hard to use on a nightly basis.
Fortunately, there are a number of CPAP alternatives offered at ENT Centers of Excellence in Foley and Daphne, AL, including minimally invasive in-office procedures as well as surgical procedures. The goal of our CPAP alternatives is to provide patients with permanent relief from snoring and airway obstruction by correcting the underlying anatomical issue.
What are some common complaints about CPAP?
Some of the most common complaints about CPAP therapy that contribute to difficulty with consistent use include:
- Uncomfortable to wear the mask
- Causes feelings of claustrophobia
- Causes dry mouth
- Causes nasal congestion
- Makes noisy operating sounds
- Hard to travel with
- Causes facial irritation
What are the alternatives to CPAP?
At ENT Centers of Excellence, Dr. Keith Kowal is pleased to offer a number of different CPAP alternatives for snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Depending on the underlying cause of a patient’s sleep disorder – which will be determined through a physical exam and, if necessary, a sleep study – Dr. Kowal will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment option.
The Pillar Procedure is an in-office procedure designed to stiffen and stabilize excess soft palate tissue. It involves inserting tiny mesh implants into the roof of the mouth using a specialized tool and local anesthesia.
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Radiofrequency Ablation of Base of Tongue
Radiofrequency ablation of the tongue base is an in-office procedure that involves applying targeted radiofrequency energy to the back of the tongue in order to shrink the volume of the tongue base and minimize airway obstruction.
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Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a breakthrough surgery for sleep apnea that uses endoscope visualization and robotic-guided instruments to surgically remove extra tissue located deep in the oral cavity, which causes snoring and airway obstruction.
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Hyoid suspension is a sleep apnea surgery that involves repositioning the base of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat in order to enlarge the airway and prevent breathing obstructions. This is achieved by anchoring the hyoid bone in the neck to the thyroid cartilage.
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Tongue advancement, also known as genioglossus advancement, is a sleep apnea surgery that involves repositioning the tongue into a more forward position, in order to enlarge the airway and give the tongue more room to relax without obstructing breathing during sleep.
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Lateral pharyngoplasty is a sleep apnea surgery that increases the size of the airway by removing and repositioning the lateral pharyngeal tissues (tissues found along the sides of the throat). It is often performed in conjunction with a tonsillectomy in order to enlarge the airway and prevent obstruction.
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Learn More About CPAP Alternatives in Southern Alabama
To learn more about CPAP alternatives and to learn whether you may be a candidate for one of our alternative treatments, call our office at 251.943.1117 today or request a consultation at ENT Centers of Excellence by filling out the form on this page.