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Depending on the severity, there are many treatments for combating sleep apnea. For mild cases of sleep apnea–and often as an adjunct to other treatment methods for more severe cases–behavioral therapy is recommended. This may include trying to lose weight, and avoiding alcohol before bed, as well as an alteration of your bedtime routine.
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What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
When you suffer from sleep apnea, the muscles in the back of your throat relax too much to allow normal breathing. Your airway narrows, or even loses as you breathe in. During an OSA event, breathing may be inadequate for 10 to 20 seconds, which can lower your oxygen blood levels.
To re-start your breathing, your brain briefly wakes you from sleep so that you can reopen your airway, and start breathing again. Most people don’t even realize they have woken up, as it is so brief.
CPAP keeps your airways open
Many physicians recommend CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) for treatment of sleep apnea. The drawback to this option is it can be noisy and uncomfortable.
Although it an effective treatment, many patients abandon the machine, or don’t use it for the whole time they are sleeping because they find the pump and mask assembly that works by forcing air into the throat to keep the airways open too difficult to tolerate.
Sleep devices correct your jaw position
A sleep device is an appliance similar to those used for TMJ disorders. These appliances work by positioning your jaw and/or tongue to help keep your airway open during sleep.
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Sleep apnea devices or CPAP, which is best for you?
Sleep apnea can be a dangerous medical condition, and it has a variety of causes, so it’s critical you get the best treatment for your individual case. The first step is a sleep disorder diagnosis from your medical doctor.
Once diagnosed your doctor or sleep specialist and, in some cases, your dentist can work together to find an effective treatment.