Sleep apnea interferes with your sleep, making even daily activities more difficult. Untreated, it can lead to serious health problems.
There are many treatments for sleep apnea which can improve your sleep and protect your health and wellbeing.
So why should you seek treatment for sleep apnea?
Sleep Apnea Treatment
CAN HELP YOU...
Treatment is Designed
TO FIT YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS
For milder cases of sleep apnea, making some simple lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, may be enough to improve your symptoms.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine
The most well-known treatment for sleep apnea, CPAP devices deliver air pressure through a mask to keep your airway passages open. Generally, if you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, a CPAP machine is a good option for addressing your symptoms.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliances for sleep apnea work by bringing your jaw forward to keep your throat open while you sleep. Often more comfortable than CPAP machines, these appliances work best for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
Appliances with CPAP Therapy
For some patients, doctors recommend using both CPAP therapy and an oral appliance. Studies have shown that this combination can reduce daytime sleepiness and normalize breathing disturbances.
In general, doctors only recommend surgery for sleep apnea once other treatments have failed. There are several types of surgery used to address sleep apnea, including tissue removal and jaw repositioning.
How do I know which treatment is right for me?
The Severity of Your Sleep Apnea
AFFECTS YOUR TREATMENT OPTIONS
Sleep Apnea Can Cause
MANY HEALTH COMPLICATIONS
If you have sleep apnea, your body does not get enough oxygen while you sleep. Over time, this chronic oxygen deprivation can cause serious complications, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems.
The best way to prevent these issues from developing is to treat sleep apnea appropriately as soon as possible.
How does sleep apnea treatment work?
CPAP Ensures That You
GET THE OXYGEN YOU NEED
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine consists of a mask which fits over the nose or the nose and mouth and supplies pressurized air.
The air then flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper’s throat, preventing the airway from collapsing.
Your Treatment Depends
ON YOUR INITIAL DIAGNOSIS
What's the best way to stop my symptoms from returning?
Continuous Therapy Is Essential
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition. While self-care techniques may resolve mild sleep apnea, you will likely need to continue therapy nightly to control your symptoms.
Use your oral appliance or CPAP machine every night and make it a priority to sleep at least six to eight hours every night. If you are not seeing results, speak to your doctor about changing tactics.
Sleep Apnea Treatment Ensures
YOU ARE BREATHING PROPERLY WHILE YOU SLEEP
The airway collapses during sleep, interfering with proper breathing.
Sleep apnea treatment maintains an open airway for a better night's sleep.
Effective Treatment Leads to
BETTER SLEEP AND IMPROVED HEALTH
If your sleep apnea treatment is effective, you should notice the results within a few nights.
After starting therapy, patients often experience:
- More energy during the day
- Reduced snoring
- Better control of diabetes and hypertension
- Reduced cardiovascular risk
- Improved concentration and mood
That sounds good, but how do I know it'll work for me?
Research Shows that
TREATING SLEEP APNEA HAS POSITIVE RESULTS
“Good evidence has existed for some time that treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) improves disease-oriented findings, such as disturbed sleep, oxygen desaturation, apneas, and hypopneas.”
I'm convinced. How do I get started?
Contact a Doctor Today
Sleep apnea is a serious condition which affects both your health and day-to-day well-being. If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed, the best way to find out what treatment is right for you is to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
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