Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a serious condition, but effective treatment can help.

Many different problems, including breathing issues and heart disease, can cause sleep apnea. Sometimes, it’s even caused by something as simple as allergies or sinus congestion. While many treatments are available for sleep apnea, the most effective one depends on your diagnosis and how severe it is.

Sleep apnea treatment options include lifestyle changes, oral appliances, and sometimes surgery. The most common approach is to use a CPAP machine. But about 50% of patients that receive a CPAP will stop use within the first year. In that case, there are other ways to treat sleep apnea, like wearing a mouthpiece at night, surgery, or practicing good sleeping habits, such as avoiding alcohol before bedtime and getting enough exercise during the day.

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Sleep apnea treatment options include lifestyle changes, oral appliances, and sometimes surgery. The most common approach is to use a CPAP machine. But about 50% of patients that receive a CPAP will stop use within the first year. In that case, there are other ways to treat sleep apnea, like wearing a mouthpiece at night, surgery, or practicing good sleeping habits, such as avoiding alcohol before bedtime and getting enough exercise during the day.

How is sleep apnea treated?

You have several treatment options, including lifestyle changes, oral appliances, CPAP therapy, and surgical options. At Sleep Matters in Independence, MO, we specialize in sleep apnea treatments and can help you choose the right one.

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If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight may help reduce sleep apnea symptoms.

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If you smoke cigarettes, quitting smoking can improve sleep apnea symptoms as well as reduce the risk of heart disease and other health problems associated with smoking.

What can I do to reduce my risk of sleep apnea?

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Avoid alcohol and sedatives before bed. These substances can relax muscles in the throat, making them more likely to collapse during sleep.

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Sleep on your side instead of your back. If you have trouble sleeping on one side or the other, try placing a rolled-up towel underneath one shoulder while sleeping to prop it up higher than the other shoulder (this helps keep airways open).

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Don’t sleep with a pillow that is too high or too low; use several pillows to prop your upper body. This will reduce strain on your neck muscles and make it easier for them to stay open, as well as reduce snoring caused by constricted airways in people who do not use a pillow at night time

Is there a cure for sleep apnea?

No, there is no cure for sleep apnea. However, depending on the severity of your condition, sleep apnea treatment options in Independence, MO, are available to manage and alleviate symptoms.

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Lifestyle changes

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Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy,

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Oral appliances that help keep your airway open while you sleep,

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Surgery to remove fatty tissue from around the throat area or jawbone reconstruction if it’s causing blockages in your airways, and

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Surgery to implant a device that will stimulate your tongue forward (similar to a pacemaker).

The type of treatment chosen will depend on how severe your case is. A sleep test will help determine the severity of your apnea.

The test will monitor signals from various parts of your body, such as brain waves and heart rate, taken during various stages throughout one night’s sleep cycle, including REM (rapid eye movement) periods when most dreaming occurs; non-REM N3 stages where we’re partially awake but still mostly asleep; waking up briefly before returning again later on after going through another cycle throughout each sleep period. Patients seeking treatments for sleep apnea in Independence, MO, may find this test particularly useful in diagnosing their condition accurately.

There are many ways you can treat your sleep apnea.

The most common treatments include lifestyle changes, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), oral appliances, and surgery. Lifestyle changes include losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding alcohol and sedatives.

A CPAP is a machine that blows pressurized air into your nose while you sleep to keep the airways open so it can’t collapse. It’s attached to a mask that fits over your nose and mouth while asleep so that the pressurized air flows through it into your nostrils.

Oral appliances are a popular choice for treating sleep apnea in Independence, MO. These devices are worn in the mouth and position the jaw slightly open and slightly forward during sleep to prevent the tongue and soft tissue from relaxing back over the airway.

Here is an image of an actual patient. On the left, you will see what an obstructed airway looks like, and the right shows the airway while wearing an oral appliance.

In some cases, surgery may be recommended as a treatment for sleep apnea. Surgery may be used to:

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Remove excess tissue from the airways: If excess tissue, such as the uvula or tonsils, is blocking the airways, surgery may be used to remove the excess tissue and help improve breathing during sleep.

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Reposition the jaw or tongue: If the position of the jaw or tongue is causing the airways to be blocked, surgery may be used to reposition these structures and help keep the airways open during sleep.

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Implant a device called the Inspire, which functions similar to a pacemaker and stimulates your tongue forward if it relaxes too much. This offers a novel treatment for sleep apnea for patients in Independence, MO.

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Surgery may be an option for people with more severe sleep apnea or for those who cannot tolerate other treatment options.

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