Non-surgical Treatments

At The Sleep Wellness Institute, we specialize in the non-surgical treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Our medical equipment specialists can assist you in finding the right equipment and accessories to make your care as comfortable and effective possible. 

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)

Literally over night, the CPAP machine can dramatically improve the way you feel. It is considered the "gold standard" treatment for sleep apnea for good reason:  even if you’ve snored and struggled to sleep well for years, CPAP works. As the most common effective treatment for sleep apnea, CPAP uses a light-weight mask placed over the nose during sleep. A small fan blows air through the nasal passages to keep the upper airway from collapsing and allows for normal breathing and sleep. Air pressure is just enough to keep the airway open, eliminate snoring and improve the quality of your sleep in a matter of hours.

The Sleep Wellness Institute is one of few local sleep disorders centers that offers its own CPAP program.  Skilled CPAP technicians work closely with patients from the time of initial set-up through extensive follow-up to ensure the best results for each individual.  Also available is a service called the "PAP Nap," an on-site program that enables those who are concerned about claustrophobia or other problems to work directly with a skilled sleep technician on a one-to-one basis to ease fears and improve their CPAP treatment experience.

In addition, The Sleep Wellness Institute operates the only retail CPAP stores in Wisconsin owned by an accredited sleep center.  The CPAP2GO stores are conveniently located throughout the Greater Milwaukee area, offering a vast supply of CPAP machines, masks and accessories.  Evening and weekend hours are available.

Behavioral Therapy

Behavioral changes play an important role in treatment programs. In mild cases of sleep apnea, this may be all that is required.

If you have sleep apnea, you may only need to avoid alcohol, tobacco and sleeping pills—all of which can cause the airway to close during sleep. If you’re overweight, shedding pounds can reduce the amount and severity of sleep apnea.

Other non-surgical options for treating sleep apnea exist, including the use of an oral appliance. When this is the most appropriate treatment option, The Sleep Wellness Institute works hand in hand with a leading specialist to fit you for an oral device and we adjust it in our lab to ensure proper therapy.

SHUTi Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

SHUTi is an innovative, online program for insomnia, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The SHUTi program provides help and sustained relief from insomnia from the privacy and convenience of your own home.

With six engaging interactive learning modules, each designed to be similar to a weekly face-to-face session with a sleep specialist, SHUTi is backed by years of clinical studies. The results have been confined by recognized sleep scientists and have been proven to significantly improve sleep, without pills, side effects, or changes to your current medications.

    • One-time fee
    • No ongoing expense
    • Privacy and convenience
    • Can complete the program in as little as 6 weeks
    • Access for continued review for up to 16 weeks
    • Opportunity for continued use subscription

Oral Appliances

Some sleep apnea patients benefit from using an appliance worn in the mouth during sleep. Oral appliances bring the jaw, tongue and soft palate forward, keeping the upper airway open and improving sleep quality.