Apnea has so many causes and variations that there is no one-treatment-fits-all. You may require just one method or several together. Here are some of the ingredients that can make up your personal plan.
Weight Loss: Excess weight can cause swelling in the throat. Weight loss can decrease pressure on these airways, making treatment far more effective.
Eliminating Tobacco: Smoking inflames the upper airway. Studies show that smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea! Cutting tobacco will lessen inflammation, and increase the effectivity of treatment.
Alcohol Reduction: Those who suffer from OSA already have airways that are too relaxed. Reducing alcohol and other sedatives can also decrease closure of those airways.
Change in Sleeping Positions: Some only experience OSA while lying on their backs. Try a side position to decrease pressure on the airways.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This machine uses air pressure to prevent the breathing passages from closing.
It is used by placing a mask over the nose during sleep. While this can seem cumbersome, specialists recommend it as the number one most effective treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral sleep appliances are small mouth guards that hold the jaw and tongue forward just a little. This slight adjustment repositions the structures in the back of the throat, allowing airways to stay clear.
These appliances are custom-molded to fit your mouth. Most people find them much less intrusive than the CPAP. They are convenient, small, and easy to clean. No electricity required.
Which Treatment is Right for Me?
That all depends on you! Everyone is unique, both in their needs and tastes. The best way to make this decision is to call Sleep Easy CNY for your free consultation. Our professionals will take both your symptoms and your lifestyle preferences into account, as they create a custom plan for you.