Among the factors that contribute to sleep apnea are ones that can be controlled by lifestyle choices. Following the guidelines below may help reduce the effects of sleep apnea for some people.
Maintain - a healthy weight. People who are overweight especially those who carry weight around the jaw and neck are more likely to get sleep apnea than people who maintain a healthy weight. The extra fat and tissue around the neck can put pressure on the airway or tongue.
Avoid - alcohol or drugs that relax the central nervous system. Alcohol relaxes the central nervous system. When a person drinks too much alcohol or takes drugs that relax the central nervous system, it can cause the muscles of the throat to relax. This can cause a form of central sleep apnea.
Quit - smoking. Smoking causes many harmful effects to the lungs and blood vessels. Quitting smoking will almost immediately make it easier for a person to breath better.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP) uses a machine to help a person who has Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine delivers pressure in your throat so that your airway does not collapse when you breathe
in. When you use CPAP, your bed partner may sleep better too.
Oral appliance, also known as mandibular advancement device, is the alternative to CPAP. The oral appliance is considered by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine to be an appropriate first-line therapy for mild to moderate OSA and an appropriate second-line therapy for patients with severe OSA if they cannot tolerate CPAP.
There are various boil and bite snoring mouthpieces available over-the-counter, through the internet or via infomercials on TV. Using one of these quick and easy snoring solutions without getting a qualified dentist involved can be risky, potentially leading to serious health consequences.
Why See A Dentist?
Oral appliances are FDA approved and often covered by insurance if custom fitted by a qualified dentist.
C-PAP is better than other nonsurgical methods for treating obstructive Sleep Apnea
People with coronary artery disease who use CPAP for Sleep Apnea are less likely to have heart problems and heart failure.
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Surgery for obstructive sleep apnea usually isn't done unless other treatments have failed
Varieties of OSA Surgery
While positive airway pressure therapy is the first line of treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnea, patient compliance represents a clear problem. While there are many surgical options, surgery should be tailored to the area of obstruction in each particular patient. The sites of obstruction could be anywhere in the upper respiratory tract including the nose, tongue, and throat.
Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. You also will receive a referral to a qualified dentist who can provide oral appliance therapy. More than 100 oral appliances have received FDA clearance. Your dentist will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you. Oral appliance therapy is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Learn more about the importance of seeing a dentist for a custom mouthpiece and what qualities to look for in your snoring and sleep apnea dentist.
- Easy to wear
- Convenient for travel
- Easy to care for
All treatments are dependent on the severity of diagnosis and must be individually tailored to each specific patient