If you are suffering from sleep apnea, the first course of action is adopting lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking cigarettes or cigars, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills and adopting a well-balanced diet. However, for those who have the condition in it’s severe form or those who have tried these changes without success, there are other treatments for sleep apnea.
The most common sleep apnea treatment involves using a device to improve breathing and airflow, or various types of surgery. However these methods don’t suit everyone, but don’t worry because there are alternatives!
• Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
• Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP)
• Oral and dental apparatus
• Alternative approaches
For many people suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea, a common solution is CPAP. This is a mask that is hooked up to a machine, which delivers a continuous flow of air and oxygen into the nostrils. The positive pressure from the flowing air helps keep airways open so that you can breathe properly.
Although CPAP is often considered the best solution for sleep apnea, many people don’t like it, and it can make some feel anxious. It can cause a dry throat, runny or stuffed nose, and generally feel uncomfortable. If you are using CPAP and are finding it uncomfortable, try adjusting the tension straps to make them you more relaxed. Some people find that they need to try several types of masks before they get one they like.
If problems arise, don’t just stop using the CPAP, contact your doctor as he or she may be able to offer additional beneficial tips. You may need to adjust the pressure regulators if you see changes with your weight.
However, one of the difficulties with this sleep apnea treatment is that you have to exhale against the extra air pressure that is being pumped into the mask. This makes it unsuitable for certain people, especially those suffering form neuromuscular diseases.
There are alternative solutions if you do not want to or can’t use CPAP, why not take look at this sleep apnea Kindle ebook which has helped many sufferers who couldn’t or didn’t want to use CPAP or any other breathing device.
Sleep Apnea Treatment – Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP )
If you are not happy using the CPAP, you can try the other version of the airway pressure machine -BiPAP. This allows the mask to be set at one pressure for inhaling and another for exhaling, and allows people to get more air in and out of the lungs, than CPAP, making it more suitable for those with neuromuscular conditions. Unfortunately it does not solve the problems of dry throat and a blocked nose.
Fix Obstructive Sleep Apnea with an Oral Appliance Therapy Treatment (OAT).
If you have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, a dental or oral appliance may be best for you. This works by shifting the lower jaw during sleep and holding it in place, helping to keep your airway open when you are sleeping. This option is more convenient and cheaper than CPAP but less effective.
You can find some of these when you visit a dental clinic specializing in sleep apnea.
Again, to find the best solution for you, you may need to try several devices. When you find the best option, you will need to visit the dentist within 6 months in the first year, and at least one visit each year after for a reevaluation of your symptoms and to make sure it is still working properly.
Sleep Apnea Treatment – Surgery
Having a deviated nasal septum, very enlarged tonsils or a small lower jaw with an overbite can cause your throat to be unusually narrow, and in this situation you may need surgery to fix your sleep apnea.
The aim of surgery is to eliminate excessive throat or nose tissue, which triggers snoring or causes sleep apnea, due to upper airway passages blockage. Unfortunately surgery can be very painful afterwards ans so other options should be considered first. Medical procedures include:
• Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
With UPPP, the surgeon removes tissue from the upper throat and at the back of the mouth. Sometimes the adenoids and tonsils are removed too. This can stop the vibration of the throat tissue, which triggers snoring. This procedure may not completely prevent apnea, as the tissue below the throat can still obstruct the airway. This surgery is performed under general anesthetic.
• Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA)
In this proceedure, doctors move the jaw forward through the face bones to create more space and reduce blockages.
• Other Surgical Treatments for Sleep Apnea:
1. A surgical procedure to remove swollen adenoids or tonsils
2. A nasal surgical procedure to improve a bent nasal septum or eradicate polyps
Alternatives To Surgery, CPAP and BiPAP
If you don’t want surgery and don’t like CPAP and BiPAP, I highly recommend reading this excellent ebook on alternative sleep apnea treatment. Since there is lots of money to be made by selling CPAP devices and other expensive treatments, you may not always get impartial advice from your physician, so reading experiences and solutions used by other sleep apnea sufferers (who don’t like CPAP) can save you lots of time, money and stress. You will be pleasantly surprised at the many different solutions that you have never heard of before!
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