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Cure Sleep Apnea

The diagnosis of sleep apnea can be worrying for you; however, it is a treatable condition. The moment you suspect that you could be suffering from this disorder, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. The following are the most common medical interventions for obstructive sleep apnea.

1. Positive Airwave Pressure Devices

Positive Airway Pressure Devices are the most commonly used treatment for mild and severe forms of apnea. They are used with a range of masks, which you wear snugly over your mouth and nose as you sleep. They allow pressurized air to flow through your throat and prevent your airway from collapsing. The pressurized air is supplied through a tube attached to the device. Here are several options that are available to you.

• Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Device

This method is considered the ‘gold standard’ for treating obstructive sleep apnea. It entails wearing a mask-like device that covers your mouth and nose. This mechanism enhances the flow of air, which keeps your airwaves open while you sleep. The CPAP has in the past been found to be uncomfortable by the patients; however, it has been upgraded and is now quieter, lighter and user-friendly.
Consider this treatment option as it may give you immediate symptom relief and promote your general well being. Its consistent use has posted positive results.

Although CPAP is the most common treatment device for sleep apnea, there are others that are less intrusive and are also used to treat milder forms of sleep apnea. These are Adaptive Servo-Ventilation device, Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) and BiLevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP).

• Adaptive Servo-Ventilation Device

This device is for treating central sleep apnea and obstructive sleep apnea. It stores information on your regular breathing and spontaneously applies airway pressure to prevent pauses in your breath while you are sleeping.

• Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP)

These devices may benefit people with mild to moderate apnea. They are less intrusive than the CPAP devices and only cover your nostrils. They keep the airway open.

• Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BPAP)

This device works automatically by adjusting pressure while you are sleeping. It adds more air pressure while you inhale and less when you exhale. This tool can be an alternative for those who have problems using CPAP. Some BPAP devices are so advanced that they send a breath if they detect a pause in your breathing.

2. Oral Appliances

These fit in the mouth just like a sports mouth guard. A dentist trained in dental sleep medicine should fix them. They bring your lower jaw and tongue forward during sleep; keeping the airway open. Mandibular repositioning device and tongue retaining device are the two common ones. The common side effects include saliva buildup, nausea, permanent change in the position of teeth, jaw, and mouth.

3. Surgery

Surgery should be your last option after you have exhausted all the others due to the risk of getting infected. It entails the removal of excess tissue at the back of your neck and inside your nose, removal of your tonsils and adenoids, as well as reconstructing your jaw to enlarge the upper airway.