Sleep Apnea Treatment Choices
There are many different options for sleep apnea treatments, depending on the severity of the condition. After diagnosis, patients should talk to their physicians about the best treatment for their situation.
Sleep apnea treatments reduce medical expenses, significantly improve quality of life and lower serious, associated health risks. The goal of sleep apnea treatments is to maintain an open airway and increase blood oxygen levels during sleep, which not only relieves symptoms such as snoring, but can be an effective way to help control related conditions including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, depression, weight gain and erectile or sexual dysfunction.
New innovations in sleep apnea treatments continue to be introduced. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your doctor will choose the right treatment for you and your needs.
Losing weight can reduce the pressure on throat muscles during sleep and can improve sleep apnea symptoms
Maintaining proper sleep habits such as avoiding medications that impair normal sleep, having a comfortable bedroom, and going to sleep at the same time every night, can help some sleep apnea sufferers
For some patients, certain sleep positions may help alleviate sleep apnea
APAP stands for Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (also called Auto-titrating CPAP). An APAP is a newer machine that will automatically adjust, or titrate, the amount of air pressure a patient needs throughout the night to keep air passages open. Therefore, a Titration Test is not needed. APAP machines come in various models, makes, and sizes to ensure a comfortable fit for every patient. Your physician can help you decide whether the CPAP or APAP is best for you.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and this device supplies a prescribed amount of air pressure to keep the air passages open during sleep. That fixed pressure is determined during a Titration Test or Study to identify the setting that will best fit your needs. From time to time, that pressure may be adjusted by your doctor. CPAP machines and the associated masks are available in various models, makes and sizes to ensure a comfortable fit for every patient.
A custom-fitted oral device may be prescribed in some cases. They may look like a sports mouth guard, and they work to reposition the tongue, lower jaw and soft palate to help open the airway.
There are various procedures that can be performed to treat sleep apnea in certain patients, depending on the anatomy of each patient’s airway obstruction. Your doctor can advise whether surgery would be an appropriate option for you.