Sleep Apnea Treatment Options & Cures
Because of the two prevalent types of Sleep Apnea, treating Sleep Apnea is not as straightforward as you would wish. In essence everyone wants a Sleep Apnea cure, but in reality the prospect of a cure is minor and related to very specific instances. For the majority of Sleep Apnea sufferers, the likely outcome is a long term plan to treat the symptoms and minimise the impact the this disorder has on your day-to-day life.
Sleep Apnea Devices & Appliances Solutions
Sleep Apnea CPAP Machine – A CPAP machine is the most popular treatment for obstructive Sleep Apnea and stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. A CPAP Machine is a breathing machine for Sleep Apnea and uses air pressure to keep your airway open during sleep. Discover more about CPAP Machines.
Sleep Apnea Mask – these masks deliver air from the CPAP machine through a hose to your airway. Most CPAP masks are made of plastic and/or silicone or gel-like materials. Some are made of fabric and other hybrid materials and most of them are attached to an adjustable strap that keeps the mask attached to your face. Discover more about Sleep Apnea cpap masks.
Oral Appliances For Sleep Apnea – Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces or Sleep Apnea Mouth Guards, also called Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), are custom made by dentists using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patients teeth and mouth. Not only do they work against sleep apnea, they are also effective to stop snoring. Discover more about Dental Appliances For Sleep Apnea.Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances and Dental Devices
Sleep Apnea Surgery – if you are unable to sleep comfortably with CPAP assistance in spite of best efforts, surgery to treat your Obstructive Sleep Apnea may be an option. There are three important things to know about surgery: that not all surgeries are the same, that patients should only consider procedures that are well-suited to them, and that not everyone is a good candidate for surgery. Discover more about Sleep Apnea Surgery.
Natural Sleep Apnea Remedies
Lifestyle factors like drinking, smoking, and overeating increase the chances of developing the condition. Reducing alcohol intake, losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding sedative medications are a starting point for treating physicians. Good Sleep Hygiene helps promote good sleep using behavioral interventions such as maintaining a regular sleep routine, avoiding naps during the day, not watching TV or tablets in bed and regular exercise, even modest exercise.
You can also undertake Sleep Apnea exercises specific to the tongue mouth and throat, or more “whole of body” exercises that include deep breathing, Pilates core exercises and deep diaphragm compression and stretching.
Unfortunately, apart from the lifestyle changes mentioned above, there are as yet no reliable Sleep Apnea Home Remedies.
New Sleep Apnea Treatments & Innovations
There continues to be new developments in the technology and equipment used to treat Sleep Apnea. CPAP devices without houses and cords, dental devices that mold to your mouth in seconds rather than requiring complex fitting sessions and even “pacemaker” type devices that deliver connective current to assist in aligning airway opening with breathing. Whilst these are excellent forward steps in treatment, and new inroads are also being made in medicinal solutions, a cure remains elusive.
Sleep Apnea Prognosis
A CPAP Machine or Oral Sleep Mouthpieces are not cures for Sleep Apnea; these are tools to treat the symptoms but will not “fix” your condition. However, if your sleep apnea is caused by being overweight, losing weight may resolve the condition. Treating high blood pressure or diabetes may eliminate your sleep apnea. In some cases, finding the right medication for nasal congestion may alleviate sleep apnea symptoms. And in reality, you may need to continue treatment indefinitely.
Sleep Apnea Doctors & Dentists
Physicians and Dentists who specialize in Sleep Disorders must complete specific training and accreditation with their State or National medical body. Often referred to as “Sleep Specialists” there are sub-specialities such as Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Sleep Deprivation and even Snoring. Normally you would explore the options with your General Practitioner first and then they would refer you to a Sleep Specialist.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
The information we provide here is for general educational purposes and should not be thought of as a substitute for professional medical advice. We highly recommend that you consult with your Doctor, Sleep Specialist to explore this issue.
However, if you review the list of Sleep Apnea Symptoms & Effects and the section on Sleep Apnea Diagnosis, you will certainly have a better way to gauge whether you have Sleep Apnea or not; if in any doubt please visit your General Practitioner.
Living With Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition and if left untreated can lead to a very poor life situation and in extreme cases severe side effects and even premature death. Good advice from Sleep Specialists will help you manage your condition and significantly improve your lifestyle. The following video courtesy of National Geographic explores many aspects of living with Sleep Apnea.
Sleep Apnea & Death – Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition and if left untreated can lead to a very poor life situation and in extreme cases severe side effects and even premature death. Discover more here.
How To Cure Sleep Apnea – In essence everyone wants a Sleep Apnea cure, but in reality the prospect of a cure is minor and related to very specific instances. For the majority of Sleep Apnea sufferers, the likely outcome is a long term plan to treat the symptoms and minimize the impact the this disorder has on your day-to-day life.
Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous – untreated Sleep Apnea leads to an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and dementia (brain damage). Sleep Apnea is literally when a person stops breathing during sleep. As a result, the brain undergoes repeated moments of suffocating. Yes, it is dangerous and you should seek professional advice as soon as you think you or your partner may be experiencing Sleep Apnea.
Is Sleep Apnea A Disability – OSA is a recognized Sleep Disorder and considered a disease. As for the technical interpretation of it being a “Disability” from a pension of health benefits perspective, you will have to consult your state or national health organization or your health insurance provider.
Sleep Apnea & Your Weight – there is clear research and clinical evidence that obesity can be directly associated with Sleep Apnea; losing weight is typically one of the first steps that a Sleep Specialist will want to take when developing a treatment plan
Sleep Apnea VS Narcolepsy – whilst both of these conditions can co-exist, they are distinctly different Sleep Disorders. This section of our site should help you with gaining a better understanding Sleep Apnea and you can discover more about Narcolepsy here.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring – if you do have Sleep Apnea it would be unusual if you did not snore, however, you can be a heavy snorer and not experience Sleep Apnea. You can discover more about Snoring here.