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When Is a CPAP Machine Not the Right Treatment for Snoring?

June 30, 2023 8:45 am

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines are a common treatment for snoring and sleep apnea. However, CPAP machines may not always be the best option for snoring treatment. There are many factors to consider when determining treatment methods for chronic snoring.

Snoring Cases That May Not Require CPAP Intervention

Here are some scenarios where CPAP machines may not be the go-to option for snoring:

  • Snoring Not Caused By Sleep Apnea – If a person snores but does not have sleep apnea, CPAP machines are not typically recommended. This type of snoring is called primary snoring and is not caused by poor airflow or associated with frequent awakenings during sleep. Typically, lifestyle modifications or adjusting sleeping positions can help treat primary snoring.
  • Mild Snoring – Mild or infrequent snoring typically does not warrant CPAP intervention. In most cases, snoring can be reduced by making simple adjustments, such as avoiding alcohol or nicotine before bed, changing your sleep position, and losing weight.
  • Discomfort & Irritation – Some patients who have been prescribed a CPAP machine find it uncomfortable to wear during sleep. An alternative treatment method, such as oral appliance therapy, may be explored to help improve a patient’s sleep quality and comfort.
  • Structural Issues – In some cases, snoring may be caused by structural problems, such as a deviated septum, enlarged tonsils, or nasal polyps. Surgery may be the best course of action to increase airflow and minimize snoring.

Do You Suffer From Snoring?

If you snore, consult with a healthcare professional to determine and assess the root cause of your snoring. Once the issue is identified, they can provide a personalized treatment plan to address your specific snoring needs.

At RespAir Sleep in Raleigh, NC, we offer oral appliance therapy and combination treatments for CPAP machine users to help patients combat their snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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