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Sleep Apnea Treatment
Doctors may recommend changes to your current lifestyle, such as quitting
smoking or losing weight for mild sleep apnea cases.
If the sleep apnea do not improve after these lifestyle changes are taken,
a number of treatments are available.
Blocked passage airway can be opened by certain devices.
In more severe cases, surgery is necessary. Listed below are some of the
Central and complex
sleep apnea treatment include: Supplemental oxygen ...
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Obstructive sleep apnea treatment:
Continuous positive airway pressure .
Are you suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea? Wear a mask over
your nose when you sleep. Air pressure, which is greater than the surrounding
air, is delivered from an equipment - CPAP (SEE-pap) through the mask.
It keeps the upper passage airway open, thus prevents apnea and snoring.
- Adjustable airway pressure devices.
Use a different airway pressure device if CPAP is unsuitable for you.
Adjustable airway pressure device adjusts the pressure automatically while
you are sleeping. It supplies bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP),
and provides more pressure when inhaled, and less pressure when exhaled.
- Oral appliances
Another sleep apnea treatment is by wearing an oral appliance such as
apnea mouthpiece which is designed to keep the throat open. Although
CPAP as mentioned above is more effective than using oral appliances,
oral appliances is easier to use. By bringing the jaw forward, oral appliances
are designed to open the throat, thus relieving mild obstructive sleep
apnea and snoring.
Surgery removes the excess tissue from the throat or nose that vibrates
and causes snoring. Surgery also removes upper air passage blockages
that causes sleep apnea. There are several surgical options.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) - Doctors remove tissues from the
rear of the mouth and the throat, adenoids, and tonsils. This surgery
is successful in preventing throat structures vibration which causes
snoring. However, this may be less successful in treating sleep apnea
totally because the air passage may still be blocked by the tissue farther
down the throat. This type of surgery is usually performed in a hospital
and general anesthetic is required.
Maxillomandibular advancement This is a surgical procedure where
the upper and lower jaw is moved forward from the face bones. This causes
the space behind the soft palate and tongue to enlarge, and thus less
obstruction. It may require an orthodontist and oral surgeon to work
together. This procedure may be combined with another procedure to improve
the chances of success.
Tracheostomy - This type of surgery may be required if other treatments
have failed to prevent the severe and life-threatening sleep apnea.
The surgeon makes an opening in the neck so that a plastic tube or metal
could be inserted for you to breathe through. The opening is covered
during the day, and uncovered at night to allow the air to pass through
the lungs. This bypasses the blocked air passage in the throat.
Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty or radiofrequency energy are some
of the procedures that doctors may use to remove tissues in the back
of the throat to treat snoring. Other types of surgery, such as nasal
surgery to straighten a crooked partition between your nostrils or removal
of polyps, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, may help reduce snoring by
enlarging or clearing air passages.
The above surgical procedures are not recommended as sole treatments.
They are sometimes combined with other procedures for best results.