Sleep Apnea Treatment
The treatment of sleep disordered breathing conditions depends on the cause and severity of the apnea so a complete diagnosis of your condition is required. Sleep apnea treatment options range from simple lifestyle changes, CPAP therapy, dental appliances and sometimes surgery.
The most common cause of sleep apnea is an obstruction of the upper airways, a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA. While the professional field of medical sleep has not found a cure for OSA, there are a number of effective sleep apnea treatments that help to manage the symptoms, improve sleep patterns and minimize the long term health risks.
Healthy Lifestyle: Choosing a healthy lifestyle is a long term sleep apnea treatment that can have a positive effect on many medical conditions, including lessening the severity of OSA.
- Lose Weight
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
- Get regular exercise
- Eat a well- balanced diet
Dental Appliances: Dental appliances can be used to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea or for people who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy. Loud snoring is what brings many people to Pacific Sleep Care looking for a better night’s sleep. We are one of the only sleep care clinics that offer in-office fittings with a dental professional trained in sleep medicine. These fitted dental appliances are worn during sleep to bring the lower jaw slightly forward, preventing snoring and keeping the airway open. As the problem of loud snoring affects the sleep of other family members as well as those with OSA, mandibular advancement devices are a sleep apnea treatment that brings welcome relief.
Positional Retraining: Sleep positions contribute to loud snoring and the obstruction of the upper airway. Pacific Sleep Care has comfortable sleep aids that help to modify sleep positions and promote healthier sleep patterns.
Surgery: In some cases, your doctor may recommend a throat specialist to surgically enlarge or reinforce the airway.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP Therapy): CPAP therapy is the most popular and effective sleep apnea treatment. A comfortable mask is worn over the nose as you sleep, delivering a quiet and gentle airflow which prevents the throat from collapsing, keeping the airway open. Pacific Sleep Care provides an initial 30 day trial of a CPAP machine at no cost, while our Registered Respiratory Therapists work with you to optimize your sleep apnea treatment.
For more information about sleep apnea treatments contact Pacific Sleep Care at one of our Vancouver Island locations.