Sleep Apnea: Treatment and Therapies, Part 3

Treatment

There are many ways to treat sleep apnea. The treatment usually depends on the type of sleep apnea you have and how bad it is.
When you have mild sleep apnea, a doctor can recommend how you should adjust your lifestyle to alleviate the sleep apnea. Some lifestyle changes may be to stop smoking or to quit smoking. Nasal allergies could be causing sleep apnea, so a doctor may simply recommend that you treat the allergies.
Should these lifestyle changes fail to help? You’ll have to try other treatments.
A variety of devices might be used to get rid of the blockage that is causing the apnea. Surgery might be necessary if the devices do not work.

Therapies

The device called Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) usually is the one treat that doctors recommend to cure sleep apnea. Essentially, you wear a mask that delivers air that has greater pressure than the air around you in your sleeping area. The high-pressure air should keep your upper airway passages open, stopping snoring and apnea.
Despite CPAP’s high rate of success when treating sleep apnea, some individuals are turned off by the device because the device seems uncomfortable or cumbersome to wear. They eventually stop using the CPAP machine. You can help make it more comfortable by adjusting the tension in the mask straps.
Another way to make it more comfortable is to try on several types of masks and find the one that’s most comfortable for you. Don’t suddenly stop. Tell your doctor what’s bothering you and see if he or she has a solution as well.
You should also contact your doctor if you are still snoring or the snoring has returned, even though you are using the treatment. The machine could be having trouble adjusting to your new bodyweight.
You can use other airway devices other than the CPAP machine. You could use an Auto-CPAP machine that automatically adjusts to the air pressure as you sleep. You can inhale through positive airway pressure (BPAP) machine, and there is more pressure when you inhale than when you exhale.
CPAP machines are considered more reliable than oral appliances. Oral appliances may be a good alternative to CPAP machines. The purpose of the oral appliance is to keep your throat open and they are usually more comfortable to use than a CPAP machine. Some oral appliances work by moving your jaw forward, highlighting some snoring and mild sleep apnea.
The dentist will provide you with a variety of devices you can try to determine which one works for you.
As long as your oral appliance remains effective, you will not need to visit the dentist as frequently in the first year. You will not need to visit the dentist as frequently as possible. Basically, as long as you have an oral device, you will have to dee a dentist more than you usually would.
There are different types of treatments for central sleep apnea.
Some of the causes of central sleep apnea may be neuromuscular disorders, as well as heart disorders, so treating these conditions could be beneficial.
The second way to treat sleep apnea is through the addition of additional oxygen by using a device. There are a variety of devices available that provide oxygen to your respiratory system.
The most recent alternative to CPAP is called Adaptive Servo Ventilation (ASV) which is controlled by an artificial intelligence that becomes aware of your normal breathing pattern and stores that information inside its memory. As you fall asleep, this system adjusts to a lower pressure, which should make breathing easier, and there should be no gaps in breathing. There seems to be a greater success rate with this system than other airway pressure device treatments for sleep apnea. You do not necessarily need this device because it doesn’t work with central sleep apnea and really bad heart failure.
When you see alternative treatments on TV for sleep apnea, you should talk to your doctor about whether one of these treatments is right for you or someone else.

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