ADVERTISING: Advertorial ­— DR. DONALD JOHNSON: Do you hate your CPAP?

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You know you need something for your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) because it is a serious medical condition and left untreated it is dangerous. However, if you cannot tolerate your CPAP there is an alternative!

Untreated OSA causes pauses in breathing, which in turn cause disruptions to your sleep cycle and reduces the oxygen levels in your bloodstream. They even cause the heart to stop beating for several seconds many times. OSA has been associated with high blood pressure, stroke, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, diabetes and other health disorders.

Unfortunately, CPAP’s success in treating OSA is compliance — wearing that mask or nose plugs all night, every night. Cleaning is also a problem since the biofilm is impossible to remove.

Lucky for you there is a comfortable alternative to CPAP for treating OSA and snoring.

While snoring isn’t sexy, neither is CPAP. It can be very isolating. No pillow talk or cuddling — conversation is impossible. The mask lets air blow out of a small vent and can blow right on the bed partner. And the machine is just loud. It’s just extra baggage and almost impossible to travel with!

A comfortable oral device is a great alternative to CPAP. It’s discreet. No hose or mask; no electricity or battery needed. With an oral device pillow talk, cuddling and conversations are possible. It’s silent and easy to travel with; no worries at airports and no extra luggage!

Most importantly, find the right treatment for you and stick to it. OSA is serious. Treatment used correctly can significantly improve sleep and general health.

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Dr. Donald Johnson founded Northwest Treatment Center for Snoring & Sleep Apnea in Coeur d’Alene to help people live free with no limits! He is the only dentist in the Inland Empire that is both a Diplomate in the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and a Qualified Dentist in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. His office is at 114 W. Neider Ave., near Costco. The website for more information is www.NwSleepDoc.com and the office phone is 208-667-4551. Schedule an appointment for a free consultation today!

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