Sleep apnea is a disorder which causes you to stop breathing periodically throughout the night. To correct this problem we offer device therapy in the form of several different medical devices that will help you breathe normally when you sleep at night.
Options that Don’t Involve Devices
If your sleep apnea is less severe, then you may not even need a device at all. Instead, you may have to make some lifestyle adjustments like quitting smoking or losing weight. We will also recommend treatment for nasal allergies those are the source of the problem.
If these remedies don’t improve your symptoms or if your sleep apnea is a moderate to severe case, then we will need to have recourse to other treatments. Breathing devices work to open up the airway and keep it open, and in some cases surgery is called ,. Certain devices can help open up a blocked airway. In other cases, you may need surgery.
Types of Devices
Two of the most common sleep apnea treatment devices are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and oral devices, but other options are also available.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Patients with moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea can take advantage of a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP), which uses a mask to provide air pressure during nighttime sleep. CPAP prevents sleep apnea and snoring by producing air pressure that is higher than the surrounding air to keep your upper airway passages open.
CPAP is the most commonly used and effective means of treating and preventing sleep apnea. Unfortunately, many patients consider it uncomfortable and inconvenient. Some people even stop using it for those very reasons. But if you give it time, you can adapt to the mask and its straps and gain a comfortable fit.
We may need to try multiple masks before we find one that works properly. For that reason, don’t give up if it doesn’t work properly right away. Dr. Packman will work with you until you find a mask that fits.
Contact us if you continue snoring or resume snoring after beginning treatment. If you experience a change in weight, we may need to adjust the pressure settings on the CPAP device.
While CPAP is perhaps the most effective treatment option for CPAP, oral appliances are also available that are often easier to use. These oral appliances keep the throat open so that you can breathe normally. Some of them are meant to bring the jaw forward to open the throat, and this can often relieve mild sleep apnea along with snoring.
Multiple difference appliances are available, so we may have you try more than one before we find one that works best for your individual needs. We may also have to schedule follow-up visits to make sure it’s working properly.
Other Airway Pressure Devices
If a CPAP is too inconvenient or uncomfortable for you, we have other airway pressure machines that can automatically adjust the pressure level while sleeping (this is known as auto-CPAP). We also offer devices that have bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP), which provide more pressure when inhaling and less when exhaling.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please give us a call at (704) 978-7060.