Sleep apnea is a form of respiratory sleep disorder, which is a general term for conditions that cause people to breathe abnormally or experience breathing lapses while sleeping. It is caused by a repetitive partial or complete obstruction of the respiratory tract by pharyngeal structures, and can be treated with a variety of methods. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most common and reliable method for treating sleep apnea, but some people find it cumbersome or uncomfortable. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the different treatments available for sleep apnea, and how to choose the most effective one for you.CPAP is considered to be the most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but many people who are prescribed CPAP don't use it as often as they should.
CPAP therapy works by providing slightly higher air pressure than that of the surrounding air, which is sufficient to keep the upper respiratory tract open and prevent
apneaand snoring. Oxygen can also be combined with a CPAP machine to treat people with chronic or mixed sleep apnea. In some cases, a two-level positive airway pressure machine (BiPAP or BPAP) may be prescribed when a person with sleep apnea cannot tolerate CPAP. A more recent study found that combining EPAP with an oral device called a mandibular advancement splint effectively treats OSA in people who have trouble reducing symptoms of sleep apnea with just the oral device.
If these treatments don't improve your sleep or if your apnea is moderate to severe, your doctor may recommend other treatments. Sleeping on your back can cause your tongue and soft palate to rest against the back of your throat and block your airway, so sleeping on your side may help reduce symptoms. Stanford Sleep Group believes that the patient should be included when deciding on an appropriate treatment strategy, and sleep lab technical staff can help patients initially accept CPAP by offering them masks in a variety of sizes, shapes and materials to optimize patient comfort.In conclusion, CPAP is the most effective treatment for clinically significant obstructive sleep apnea. However, if you find it uncomfortable or cumbersome, there are other treatments available that may be more suitable for you.
It is important to consult with your doctor to determine the best treatment option for you.