How Is Sleep Apnea Treated

Sleep apnea considered as a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted while you are sleeping. Sleep apnea is defined as a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. Sleep apnea causes fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels. More than 18 million of American adults are diagnosed with sleep apnea. However, if you have been diagnosed with this condition, feel free to visit this website to look for solutions to your situation.

Here are the most common treatments for sleep apnea

For milder cases of sleep apnea, the doctor might recommend you only lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quit drinking and smoking. Or if your apnea is moderate or severe, there are more treatments available for you, and also there are certain devices that can help open up a blocked airway.

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)

If you are diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, you may find useful a machine that delivers air pressure through a mask that is placed over your nose when you are sleeping. With a CPAP machine, the air pressure is greater that the other surrounding air, this is enough to keep your upper airway passages open, and prevents obstructive sleep apnea and snoring.

Other airway pressure devices

If CPAP doesn’t work for you, you can also use a different type of airway pressure device that automatically adjusts the pressure while you are sleeping (Auto-CPAP). There are also units available that supply bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP). These units provide more pressure when you inhale, and less when you exhale.

 Expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP)

These are small single-use devices and are placed over each nostril before you go to sleep. This device is a valve that allows air to move freely in, but when you exhale, the air should go through small holes in the valve. This process increases pressure in the airway and keeps it open. This might help you to reduce daytime sleepiness and snoring if you have mild obstructive sleep apnea, and it might be a possible solution for people who can’t tolerate CPAP.

Oral appliances

Other options imply wearing an oral appliance designed to keep your throat open. Oral appliances are easy to use. Some of them are designed to open your throat by bringing your jaw forward, and sometimes can relieve snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea.

First of all, if you suspect that you might have sleep apnea, you will have to do a sleep study before choosing an anti-snoring device.There are many treatments available for sleep apnea and snoring conditions, the only thing you need to do is finding the right one and the most convenient for you. It is known that snoring and sleep apnea does not have a cure, but with lifestyle changes and the proper treatment, this condition can be reduced, and your life will improve. This video will explain you in detail how to treat sleep apnea, its common treatments, and natural remedies you can use to treat it.