A number of medical treatments can be used to treat your sleep apnea and you should consult your doctor to find the treatment that will work best for you. What treatment should be used will depend on the type and severity of your sleep apnea.
If you have a mild sleep apnea a mouthpiece, also sometimes called an oral appliance, may be the proper solution for you. A dentist or orthodontist can make a custom fit appliance that helps keep your lower jaw and tongue positioned to keep your airway open. You may need to visit your doctor periodically to get adjustments to the mouthpiece so that it will fit better.
Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) is a common treatment for sleep apnea, especially in moderate to severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea. The CPAP is a machine hooked up to a mask that provides a consistent stream of airflow that keeps your airways open while you sleep and ensures you are getting enough oxygen.
It is important that your CPAP machine is correctly set for your comfort. If it is incorrectly set, you may experience some bloating or discomfort wearing the mask. Some people have reported having headaches, dry mouth, irritated skin on the face, or a dry or stuffy nose. If you are experiencing any of these effects, speak with your doctor about tuning the machine to reduce these discomforts.
This technology is being updated all the time so if you have tried this treatment in the past and was unsatisfied with it, consult with your doctor and our sleep experts about the new advancements that will increase your comfort.
Other Breathing Devices
Aside from CPAP, your doctor may recommend one of these treatments
- Bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP). These devices are typically for those who have central sleep apnea and have weaker breathing patterns. BPAP devices will adjust the pressure while you are sleeping as well as deliver a breath if it detects you have not taken one for a certain number of seconds
- Adaptive servo-ventiliation (ASV). These devices are used in the treatment of central as well as obstructive sleep apnea and it stores information about your breathing pattern. It will also automatically use airflow pressure to prevent any pauses in your breathing while you sleep.
Surgery may be an option for you if you have exhausted other forms of treatment. It typically involves widening the breathing passway by shrinking, stiffening, or removing excess tissue in your throat or mouth. Surgery can also reset the lower jaw to widen your airway.
We are happy to help you and provide you with more information about our sleep products and services. We can schedule an appointment for you or get you set up with a free CPAP trial. You can contact us by calling us at 1-877-241-9066 or sending us an email. We’d love to hear from you and get your sleep back on track.