There are plenty of sleep apnea devices on the market, and making the decision to buy a device to treat your apnea problem may be trickier than you think.
For people who have enough money to spend, choosing the most expensive sleep apnea device (following doctor's recommendation) may be straightforward.
However, you probably don't want to spend so much, mostly when you'll discover that some expensive devices are quite difficult to use.
CPAP therapy is the most effective method to treat sleep breathing disorders, but it's an expensive and difficult treatment to follow for many people.
Let's see why CPAP is the "gold standard" treatment for a patient with sleep apnea:
Examples of people who are Happy with CPAP:
For more info about the advantages of using CPAP, see CPAP Benefits.
Although CPAP can improve your health and eliminate sleep apnea - as long as you wear it - patients may find CPAP disadvantages and many of them will give up too soon on CPAP due to:
Examples of people who are Unhappy with CPAP:
For more info about the side effects of using CPAP, see CPAP Benefits.
A special oral appliance obtained from a qualified dentist can have almost the same rates of improvement as CPAP therapy.
Actually, for patients who can't tolerate the CPAP, a dental device for sleep apnea is the first thing to buy on their list.
There are two general categories of sleep apnea dental devices:
The most often used are mandibular advancing devices. They attach to the upper jaw and force the lower jaw forward, pulling also the base of the tongue with it and opening up the airway.
The tongue retaining devices are different, because they use a suction ball at the front of the mouth to hold the tongue forward and open the airway.
Sleeping with a strange object in your mouth is not easy. You'll still need to confront some challenges, because the oral appliances can be:
To learn how to avoid problems with the oral appliances, see Sleep Apnea Dental Devices.
The side sleeping backpack is a new type of sleep apnea device that uses the principle of positional therapy to improve your sleep.
The benefits of positional therapy to improve sleep apnea is proved by clinical studies and testimonials of users and doctors.
For more info about bumper belt device, see Positional Therapy.
Provent is a new device FDA approved, necessary especially for emerging obstructive apnea therapy.
Provent is one of the most controversial sleep apnea devices on the market, especially for the working principle: the valves-stickers will be applied to your nose, and they will partially close during expiration.
Because the air can't escape from your nose, it will create pressure in your airways keeping them open until the next inspiration.
This video explains how Provent works:
Although clinical trials demonstrated its efficiency, Provent doesn't work for every patient with OSA. If you want to buy this device, you have to consider at least two factors:
This special pillow can help the airway of your throat to stay open, eliminating snoring and sleep apnea as long as you use it.
Benefits: The pillow is designed with panels of foam that are elevated, unlike a regular pillow. The elevation of your head has the purpose to increase your breathing patterns to make it regular and without apnea episodes.
Cons: Sleep apnea pillows help only patients with mild obstructive apnea or snoring.
To learn how to choose a sleep apnea pillow, see alternative cures for sleep apnea.