Sleep apnea is a complex condition that can be caused by many different factors, or a combination of several. Because of this, there is not a universal “cure” for sleep apnea. However, there are treatment options, and these can significantly reduce the negative effects of sleep apnea when used consistently and correctly.
The four primary treatment options are CPAP therapy, oral appliances, surgery, and weight loss. Let’s take a closer look at each one:
- CPAP Therapy
CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure” and it is one of the most common treatment options for sleep apnea. With CPAP therapy, a patient wears a mask at night, which is attached to a machine that sends pressurized air into their airway and keeps it open during sleep. CPAP is a very effective treatment, but only if the patient is consistently using it. However, many patients find the mask too uncomfortable or the machine too noisy and fail to use CPAP regularly.
2. Oral Appliances
Oral appliances are a great treatment option for mild to moderate sleep apnea. With oral appliance therapy, a patient is fitted with a custom-made mouthpiece (similar to a mouth guard or a retainer) that they wear during sleep. The oral appliance gently eases the lower jaw forward, which keeps their airway from getting blocked. Many patients that cannot or will not use CPAP therapy find great results with oral appliances. To learn more about oral appliances as an option, visit our homepage at https://sleeptreatmentsolutions.com/.
Surgery for sleep apnea can have negative side effects, and only has an effectiveness of approximately 25% to 30% (www.health.com), so it is generally viewed as a last resort option. There are many different kinds of surgery for sleep apnea, but most involve removing excess tissue from the back of the throat.
4. Weight Loss
In a few cases, significant weight loss may actually “cure” sleep apnea, but only if excess weight was the only reason it developed in the first place. In many cases, though, weight loss can dramatically reduce the severity of sleep apnea. Having a healthy BMI can greatly improve health and quality of life in general, and diminishing the effects of sleep apnea is no exception.
The important point to remember is that treatment is highly personal. The best treatment for sleep apnea is the one you will consistently use. To learn more about sleep apnea, click on the links below or visit our homepage at https://sleeptreatmentsolutions.com/