Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that is identified by breathing interruptions during sleep. Those with sleep apnea may snore extremely loudly, choke, stop breathing during sleep and feel tired throughout the daytime. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea that occurs because the muscles in the throat relax, and the throat tissue blocks the breathing passages. If you have sleep apnea, sleep apnea treatment may help you and your sleeping partner enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Sleep apnea treatment is critical since sleep apnea has been associated with serious health problems including cardiovascular disease. Milder cases of sleep apnea may respond well to lifestyle changes. Because sleep apnea has been linked to excess weight, losing weight can often relieve symptoms. Increased exercise may also be helpful since it can promote improved muscle tone in the throat and throughout the body. Smoking, sleeping pills, antihistamines and excess alcohol intake may also trigger sleep apnea.
If lifestyle changes do not provide relief, other sleep apnea treatments are available. Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, promotes positive air pressure that maintains open airways throughout sleep, which prevents apnea and snoring. It is reliable, safe and common, but many patients find the mask uncomfortable or cumbersome. Adjustable airway pressure devices or expiratory positive airway pressure may be more appropriate for these patients.
Other patients may prefer oral appliances. Oral appliances are easy to wear, which has made them a popular sleep apnea treatment. They promote healthy positioning of the jaw and oral tissues during sleep to keep the airways open, alleviate snoring and correct sleep apnea. Regular checkups can ensure that your oral appliance is properly adjusted according to your needs and that it is working as needed.
Many sleep apnea treatments are available today that can help you sleep better and enjoy improved health. If you or someone you love has sleep apnea, seeking treatment can help you breathe easier and reduce your risk of developing serious complications. Contact us today to learn more about your sleep apnea treatment options or to schedule your consultation.