Obstructive sleep apnea is a long-term sleep disorder that may need lifelong treatment for any successful results to be achieved. If you suffer from this condition it advisable to seek the help of doctors who are specialized in the field of sleep therapies. Dr. Avi Weisfogel is a qualified dentist and sleep disorder expert with a proven track record of facilitating successful patient treatments.
Below, Dr. Avi Weisfogel outlines some of the treatment options available to those suffering with obstructive sleep apnea:
In many cases, patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are often asked by doctors or sleep experts to make healthy lifestyle changes. Some of the things they may be asked to do may include:
- Losing weight
- Stopping smoking
- Limiting alcohol intake (especially right before bed)
- Staying away from sedative medications or sleeping tablets.
Research has found that people with obstructive sleep apnea who lost weight and reduced their alcohol intake usually saw improvement in their symptoms of the conditions. Dr. Avi Weisfogel advises that you may also be asked to sleep on your side rather than on your back as it’s been proven that this can reduce some of the negative effects of sleep apnea.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
This is most commonly recommended for people who are experiencing moderate obstructive sleep apnea symptoms. It is a process that uses a mask that applies continuous positive airway pressure on the patient. It is a small device that works by delivering a continuous supply of compressed air via a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Here, compressed air prevents your throat from closing.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel stresses that while the device will feel peculiar at first, it’s been proven to deliver results, so stick with it!
Undergoing surgery to correct obstructive sleep apnea is not routinely recommended for many reasons. It comes with the potential of creating even more complications to the patient that the continuous positive airways pressure device doesn’t have. Surgery is often used only as a last resort when all the other treatment options have failed to bring positive results. Here are some surgical treatments that experts have used to treat obstructive sleep apnea:
- Tonsillectomy: This process involves the removal of enlarged tonsils which may be blocking the airways during sleep.
- Adenoidectomy: This procedure involves the removal of adenoids if they are enlarged and thus blocking airways during sleep.
- Tracheostomy: This involves a tube being inserted directly into the neck of the patient to bring about better breathing.
- Weight loss surgery: This involves the removal of fats from the stomach of the patient, especially if the patient is obese and this is worsening the patient’s sleep apnea.