Treatment Options for People with Sleep Apnea
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure): The most widespread of the treatment plans. The CPAP works by covering your face with a nasal mask and a pump, then they push positive air pressure into your airway so it stays open. This way it cannot collapse while your have fallen asleep. This is often the first treatment to be recommended for people with sleep apnea. There are plenty of different options for masks that people prefer with some based on comfort, and some slimness. People with moderate cases of sleep apnea often choose this one.
- Oral Appliance Therapy: This is worn inside your mouth similar to a mouth guard you see people wearing in the NFL. You wear this during your sleep and it anchors itself to your bottom and top rows of your teeth and aligns them to keep your tongue and soft tissues from obstructing your airway. This is a comfortable option that is easy to get used to.
Many people cannot get used to CPAP and oral appliances are usually the go to option for them. It is comfortable and can be used in conjunction with other treatments. A sleep physician and a sleep medicine dentist can decide what therapies are likely to help you the most. For more information about oral appliances click here.
- Surgery: There are multiple surgeries that can be done to help your sleep, but the most comon is called UPPP. This is the removal of some soft tissue at the back of the throat so it cannot collapse your airway. It is also possible to completely reconstruct either the mandible or the jaw bone.
Surgery is often hard to reverse so it’s not usually the first choice for those without success from CPAP and oral appliances. It’s riskier and can vary from person to person. Some surgeries can be more successful than others but each of them will have different rates of success. The surgery usually varies depending on the location of the obstruction. Depending on the results of the procedure and what procedure it was, the patient may still have need to wear a CPAP or oral appliance. The biggest problem is it’s very invasive considering its success rates. Tonsils and adenoid removal are possible but are usually more standard among children.
- Weight loss:A good option for general health, as well as your sleep. Many people find it easier to sleep after losing some weight if they were having problems with it before.
These are the most common ways to treat OSA, many people cannot agree on which method works best. We believe that each of them have their strengths and weaknesses and some work better in some circumstances than others. This is partially due to the fact that sleep apnea is a chronic disease. In fact, one of the strongest solutions is doing more than one treatment. Each person has different challenges with sleep apnea and we can work around that. For some, it may require a lot of work and their life may change because of it. It’s important to remember than each trained professional is still a person with their own training and ideas. This means that each of them will try to give the proper treatment but some will give different solutions than others. As long as you get the correct diagnosis, we should be able to help you and bring stability to your life. With proper communication and feedback we believe we can help you and make the changes required simple for you. We have a trained team of professionals ready to make sure the treatment is working properly. A loose CPAP or a broken oral appliance will not be effective in treating sleep apnea. It can also be dangerous the patient. If the medical professionals give the correct treatment, and the patients take care of them, the issues can be resolved. Please try and contact us with and questions or concerned. We are willing to help you at any time, no matter the issue.