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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options



When researching the treatment options for sleep apnea, it is important to always consult a sleep doctor as the final decision-making authority. Here is a cross-section of the popular treatments available to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep Position

The most simple, comfortable and cost effective treatment for sleep apnea is called positional therapy. Some people who have apnea only snore when they sleep on their backs. Positional apnea therapy is a basic apnea aid which encourages the patient to stay on their side while they are sleeping. This is accomplished by wearing a Apnea T-shirt with soft foam bumpers on the back. These bumpers act as a gentle barrier to rolling over at night, maintaining the side-sleeping position. Pillows placed in strategic positions act as an alternative relief for positional apnea.

Basic and Natural Treatments

Prior to jumping into a costly surgical procedure or donning a cumbersome dental device, first consider the way your care for your apnea. Sometimes, apnea suffers find that with a diligent program of healthy eating and exercise, sleep apnea’s effects can be reduced.

CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is a treatment designed to keep an apnea sufferers airway from closing, meaning they can sleep without significant apnea episodes. This machine accomplishes this by delivering a constant flow of air pressure through a mask placed over the nose.

Surgery

Often used as a last resort to treating apnea, surgical procedures focus on removing excess tissue from the throat and nose that may be vibrating (causing the snoring sound) or getting in the way of unobstructed breathing. Common surgeries include: Maxillomandibular advancement, Tracheostomy and Implants.

Oral Devices

Created to keep your throat open by bringing your jaw forward or holding your tongue in a different position, oral devices are can be less expensive than CPAP but also less effective.