What are my Options for Sleep Apnea Treatment?

There are several different ways to treat sleep apnea. We want to help you succeed in eliminating the symptoms of sleep apnea. Your doctor at Salt Lake Sleep Solutions will work with you to discover which type of treatment will give you the most comfort and convenience while also yielding the most effective results.

Four of the most common sleep apnea treatments are listed below.

Lifestyle Changes

Weight loss is considered one of the best ways to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is sometimes caused by excessive or enlarged tissues in the throat. By losing weight, these tissues narrow and the airway may open up, allowing you to breathe easier.

Besides weight loss, patients can also work to change their sleeping positions (don’t sleep on your back), quit smoking, refrain from alcohol consumption, or avoid taking other sedatives to improve their sleep. Your doctor will work with you to figure out which lifestyle change you should make in order to treat sleep apnea.

CPAP

CPAP provides positive airway pressure therapy. It is often considered the most effective sleep apnea treatment, when it is used correctly. The CPAP machine delivers constant airflow to the patient through a face mask. This “gold standard” treatment can assist you in breathing throughout the night, allowing you to get a deep sleep.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy is a noninvasive and comfortable treatment for sleep apnea. At Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, we design custom-fitted mouthpieces that hold your jaw in a forward position. The appliance expands the space behind the tongue, keeping the upper airway open.

Patients with mild or moderate sleep apnea can see results with oral appliance therapy. Many patients prefer oral appliance therapy because it is convenient, small, and easily transportable.

Surgery

Surgery may be necessary for more severe cases of sleep apnea. It may also be required when patients do not wish to comply with other treatment methods. With surgery, your doctor can help decrease obstruction to the upper respiratory tract, thereby opening your airways and giving you the freedom to breathe easier.

At Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, we prefer conservative treatment methods whenever possible. Most patients can overcome sleep apnea and its dangerous side effects without surgery.

For more education on treatment planning, schedule your appointment today!

At Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, we strive to provide superb service to all of our patients. We will work hard to answer any questions or concerns you may have. The team at Salt Lake Sleep Solutions can provide further education on sleep apnea treatment, as well as answer questions about insurance coverage.

At Salt Lake Sleep Solutions, we want to work alongside you to give you a healthy night’s sleep! Get connected with us and start enjoying the benefits of sleep apnea treatment.