Treatments for Sleep Apnea

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The idea of sleep apnea might be intimidating, but the good news is that it’s treatable. There are a number of treatments that can be done depending on your situation, and the severity of your sleep apnea. You’ll be referred to a Sleep Disorder Center where a specialist can determine the severity of your sleep disorder. Often, overnight monitoring will be necessary, whether it’s at home or at a sleep center The best way to determine your level of sleep apnea is by sleeping.

Common Treatments:

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  • A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP (pronounced SEE-pap), machine uses air pressure to open up the airways. This treatment can take a little getting used to, especially the mask element that is to be worn at night, however it’s one of the best methods. The benefit of a great sleep will definitely outweigh any initial discomfort.
  • An oral appliance can be used if the CPAP is too uncomfortable. It’s designed to bring the jaw forward, and keep the throat open. You will want to see your dentist prior to ensure that your jaw has no preliminary problems.

Surgical Treatments

These options are more of a last-resort because they can be invasive. If you’ve been doing them for 3 months or more then one of these surgeries might be right for you. Here are just a few:

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  • Tissue removal surgery – this procedure is where tissue from the top of your throat and the back of your mouth is removed. This will change the structure of the throat to hopefully combat the snoring
  • Jaw repositioning – this is where the jaw is shifted forward to make space behind the tongue and the soft palate.

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Home Remedies & Lifestyle Changes:

  • Exercise and weight loss can help reduce stress on your airways
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and certain medications such as sleeping pills or tranquilizers.
  • Sleep on your stomach or your side instead of your back.


Check out these blogs for more information about snoring and Sleep Apnea:
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring Spouses.

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