Sleep Apnea Solutions
Apnea refers to breathing pauses that last 10 seconds or longer. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the muscles of the throat relax and allow the airway to collapse, creating an obstruction in the breathing during sleep. While central sleep apnea is less common and occurs when the brain inadequately controls breathing during sleep, obstructive sleep apnea is believed to affect nearly 20 million Americans every day. The right sleep apnea solutions can help patients reduce or even eliminate their sleep apnea symptoms to get a better night’s sleep.
You may have sleep apnea if you snore chronically, if your snoring is extremely loud or if you frequently wake feeling as though you are gasping or choking. Daytime symptoms include drowsiness, fatigue, feeling as though you did not sleep enough, falling asleep at inappropriate times and waking with a headache, sore throat or dry mouth. Sleep apnea solutions are intended to resolve the apnea or breathing cessation, as well as alleviate any daytime symptoms.
Common sleep apnea solutions include:
• Sleep apnea machines
These machines consist of the actual machine, a face mask, and a tube that connects the machine and mask. They create air pressure that works to prevent the airway from collapsing, so you can breathe easily all night long.
• Oral appliances
Oral appliances are generally custom-fit mouthpieces. They are similar in design to mouthguards, but they work to reposition the jaw. This helps enlarge the airway and stabilizes the soft tissues.
• Lifestyle changes
Patients who have lifestyle habits that may be contributing to the apnea need to address those issues. Excess weight or obesity, smoking, alcohol use, sedative use and other factors can all increase the risk of sleep apnea.
Rarely, surgery may be needed to correct functional abnormalities or for patients who do not respond to conservative treatments. Each case is carefully evaluated first to identify contributing factors, any underlying conditions that may be causing the problem and the individual’s needs. Our team can help you design a treatment plan that fits comfortably into your lifestyle and gives you the symptom relief you need. Call us today to learn more about sleep apnea solutions or to schedule an appointment with our team.
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