For milder cases of sleep apnea doctors may recommend lifestyle changes. If these measures don’t improve signs and symptoms or if the sleep apnea is moderate to severe, a number of other treatments may be available. Here are some further details about sleep apnea treatments:
In mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea, home remedies may be the most appropriate way for you to deal with your symptoms. Try these doctor- recommended health and lifestyle tips:
1) Even a slight loss in excess weight can help relieve constriction in the throat.
2) Get 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, such as a brisk walk.
3) Avoid alcohol and certain medications such as tranquilizers and sleeping pills.
4) Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to rest against the back of your throat and block your airway. Try sleeping on your side.
5) Use a saline nasal spray or nasal strips to help keep your nose passages open.
6) Stop smoking since smoking often worsens sleep apnea.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, you may benefit from a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask placed over your nose while you sleep.
Expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP). This is the most recent treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These small, single-use devices are placed over each nostril before you go to sleep. The device is a valve that allows air to move freely in, but when you exhale, air must go through small holes in the valve. This increases pressure in the airway and keeps it open.
Bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP). Unlike CPAP, which supplies steady, constant pressure to your upper airway as you breathe in and out, BPAP builds to a higher pressure when you inhale and decreases to a lower pressure when you exhale. The goal of this treatment is to assist the weak breathing pattern of central sleep apnea.
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV). This more recently approved airflow device learns your normal breathing pattern and stores the information in a built-in computer. After you fall asleep, the machine uses pressure to normalize your breathing pattern and prevent pauses in your breathing.
Another option for sleep apnea symptom control is to wear an oral appliance designed to keep your throat open. Some of these devices are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw forward, which can sometimes relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. The two main types of devices are mandibular advancement devices and tongue retaining devices. These devices work like a splint to hold your tongue in place or your jaw in position to keep your airway open while you sleep.
Surgery is usually only an option after other treatments have failed. The goal of surgery for sleep apnea is to enlarge the airway through your nose or throat that may be vibrating and causing you to snore or blocking your air passage ways. Surgical options may include:
Do you suffer from loss of sleep? Do you find yourself waking up due to snoring or other causes multiple times every night? If so, you could be suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may be causing you to lose valuable sleep and could also negatively impact your health. Don’t wait to get treatment. We offer great payment options, so if you live in the Hallam, PA area, come see Dr. Bell to help restore healthy and restful sleep. Now is the time to treat your sleep apnea and get back to a healthy and happy lifestyle!
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