So you tried continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to treat your recent diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
However, you found the therapy uncomfortable and difficult to adjust to, and even after a three-month trial, you weren't able to use it at the minimum rate.
You may have then switched to a snoring mouthpiece or oral device as part of an attempt to use oral appliance therapy (OAT), but your OSA is too severe for this option to be effective.
Now what do you do?
Why not try using both... at the same time?
What is Combination Therapy?
Combination Therapy for treating OSA works just like it sounds: it combines the benefits of higher pressures from CPAP for severe OSA with the benefits of oral repositioning that are the signature of OAT.
Who would benefit from Combination Therapy?
Generally speaking, anyone with severe OSA who has struggled to control it can benefit from Combination Therapy. It may not be a first-line approach, but it constitutes an option for those who have tried both alternatives and weren't able to make progress with either of them separately.
The chief benefit of using both therapies in tandem relates to your ability to tolerate the higher pressure sometimes necessary to treat severe OSA. Wearing the mask with a mouthpiece can shift enough of the space of the upper airway enough so that you can effectively reduce your pressure settings. If, by doing this, you find it comfortable enough to go from using your CPAP alone three hours a night to using CPAP with a mouthpiece six or more hours a night, then Combination Therapy could be the perfect solution for your OSA challenges.