Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
Snoring can be disruptive to your partner’s sleep, but it might also be disrupting your own sleep. If your snoring is caused by obstructive sleep apnea, you are not getting the high-quality sleep your body needs to repair itself. The lack of oxygen can lead to a strain on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. In addition to the cardiovascular risks, every time your breathing pauses while you are asleep, your brain has to partially wake you in order to reopen your airways. This means that you are not getting nearly enough sleep. Dr. Radfar can help.
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Radfar may recommend one or several different types of treatments. These can include oral appliances, CPAP therapy, and surgery.
Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea
If you have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance can be used as first-line therapy. Oral appliances are worn much like mouth guards or orthodontic appliances. You slip it into your mouth when you go to bed, and it will prevent the soft tissues in the back of the throat and your tongue from collapsing over your airway. A properly worn oral appliance can keep your airway open so that you can get the oxygen you need during sleep and stop snoring.
Oral appliances can also be used for those who have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and cannot tolerate the CPAP machine. These can be used in conjunction with other therapies. Dr. Radfar custom fits oral appliances for each patient for the most effective treatment outcomes.
Continuous positive air pressure, or CPAP, therapy is the standard method for those with obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP is a first-line treatment for patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea, and may be an option for those with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, as well. It consists of a face or nasal mask that connects to a pump with tubes. The pump maintains positive airflow into the nasal passages, which keeps the airway open during sleep. It is highly effective for most patients with sleep apnea. However, there can be an adjustment period, and some may find it difficult to tolerate.
Surgery for Sleep Apnea
Surgery is not considered a first-line treatment for sleep apnea, but may be needed for those who cannot tolerate or do not get relief from CPAP or oral appliance therapy. There is no single surgery option for sleep apnea. Dr. Radfar will typically recommend a surgery based on the underlying cause.
Other Treatment Options
Along with your sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Radfar may recommend lifestyle changes to address specific issues that could be contributing to your sleep apnea. This could include losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, changing medications, altering your sleeping position, and avoiding sedatives.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Radfar.