Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
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There are four common sleep apnea treatment options to help alleviate symptoms and restore your healthy sleep routine. CPAP Therapy is considered the ‘gold standard’ treatment for Sleep Apnea. Your mySleep® Expert or GP will discuss which option is best for your circumstances.
A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (or CPAP) machine is a device with a mask attached that you wear whilst you are asleep. It delivers a constant stream of air from the machine pump through a tube to your breathing mask, to keep your airway open and prevent any apneas occurring.
The use of a CPAP machine allows you to sleep better by eliminating the need for your body to continually wake all throughout the night to restore your normal breathing. CPAP is an effective and non-invasive treatment that is the most commonly prescribed and ‘gold standard’ treatment option, due to its track record of successful results.
An Automatic Positive Airway Pressure (or APAP) machine is a device very similar to the CPAP, however it automatically varies its air pressure throughout the night in response to a person’s needs, making treatment more tailored and comfortable.
BiLevel treatment is typically used when someone needs a particularly high pressure for effective treatment. Or if they have a medical issue like COPD.
Positional Therapy Options
There are a range of sleep devices that can help with the effects of sleep apnea, with the most common being positional therapy, which uses sensored pillows to manage your sleep position and nasal airway patches which help to reduce airway resistance.
A Mandibular Advancement Device (or MAD) is a custom-fitted mouthpiece that holds your jaw in a forward position while you sleep to expand the space behind your tongue. This helps keep your upper airway open, preventing apneas and snoring. They’re proven effective for people with mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea, who cannot tolerate CPAP treatment.
In some instances you may be recommended to use anti-snore products, particularly when your sleep apnea test comes back showing little or no physical symptoms. mySleep® stock a range of anti-snoring consumables to help you with mild symptoms.
Avoiding alcohol, quitting smoking, trying to sleep on your side, improving your diet and increasing exercise are all more general ways to treat sleep apnea by reducing the potential contributing causes. For example, in some patients with milder forms of sleep apnea, losing weight may help reduce the disruptive breathing throughout the night and alleviate the symptoms.
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