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Sleep Apnea Alternatives, Minus the CPAP Mask

Sleep apnea patients may soon have several new treatments to choose from. Not one involves an annoying face mask.

The major therapy for sleep apnea, a condition in which people stop breathing during sleep, is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. With CPAP, patients breathe in pressurized air through a face mask attached to a hose and bedside pump. While it has proved remarkably effective, anywhere from 30% to more than half of patients can't or won't use CPAP as directed by their doctors, studies say. Some patients complain that the machines are noisy and the masks are uncomfortable.

The new treatments include nasal attachments, devices that suck the tongue forward…

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Last Updated : Thursday, January 19, 2023