CPAP Alternatives in Foley, ALPediatric & Adult
CPAP Alternatives – ENT Centers of Excellence
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, 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.
CPAP Alternatives (Inspire)
The Inspire upper airway stimulation system consists of a small impulse generator implanted beneath the clavicle, a tunneled breathing sensing lead placed between the external and intercostal muscles, and a tunneled stimulation lead attached to the branch of the hypoglossal nerve that produces tongue protrusion.
When the sensing lead detects inspiration is occurring, the impulse generator sends a signal via the stimulation lead to the hypoglossal nerve, which results in slight forward displacement of the stiffened tongue. The impulse generator is similar in size and appearance to a cardiac pacemaker, and the latest version is magnetic resonance imaging compatible.
Dr. Keith Kowal at ENT Centers of Excellence is the only ENT physician in the region who offers Balloon Sinuplasty in-office. He can also perform Balloon Sinuplasty as an outpatient procedure.