Sleep Apnea Treatment

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Old 10-Oct-2009
Sleep Apnea Treatment

A common problem found in many people, sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that is characterized by interruptions in the normal breathing cycle of the sufferer. The breathing may reduce partially or even stop for as much as 20-25 seconds at a time. The problem occurs repeatedly throughout the sleep period. Some other symptoms that accompany this condition are loud snoring, getting up frequently during sleep, sudden awakening from sleep and excessive drowsiness in the daytime. Blockage of air passage, due to many different factors, is the root cause of the problem. Explore the article to find effective treatment to get rid of sleep apnea.

How To Get Rid Of Sleep Apnea

A mouthpiece is an oral appliance and is, particularly, helpful in the case of mild sleep apnea. It is recommended by doctors even to those people who just snore loudly and may not have sleep apnea. A custom-fit plastic mouthpiece made by a dentist or orthodontist (who specializes in correcting jaw and teeth problems). The mouthpiece adjusts your lower jaw and tongue in a way that your air passageway is kept open during sleep. It is important to check with your doctor for any discomfort or pain in using the device. Periodic visits to the doctor are a must, if you are using a mouthpiece.

Breathing Devices:
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is the most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea. Moderate to severe sleep apnea in adults is treated by using this breathing device. A CPAP device makes use of a mask, which fits over the patient's mouth and nose and air is blown to the throat by the device. Sometimes, the mask is just fitted over the nose. The air pressure is adjusted so that the airway of the patient doesn’t become narrow or blocked during sleep.

If the CPAP device is not used properly or is stopped being used altogether, sleep apnea will return. At the same time, CPAC is also known to have caused side effects in some users, including a dry or stuffy nose, irritated skin on the face, sore eyes, and even headaches. Stomach bloating and discomfort also may be experienced, if CPAP is not adjusted properly.

Some victims of sleep apnea may also benefit from surgery. The type and success of surgery largely depends on the cause of sleep apnea. The surgery is performed to widen the air passage, by removing, shrinking or stiffening excess tissue in the mouth or throat. The lower jaw may be resettled in some of the cases. Post surgery, the patient may experience throat pain, which lasts for one or two weeks.

Changes In Lifestyle:
Mild sleep apnea can be treated by bringing some changes in your daily activities and lifestyle. Alcohol and medicines that make the patient feel sleepy or dizzy should be avoided. For obese or overweight people suffering from sleep apnea, even a little weight loss is helpful. It is advisable to sleep on your side, than on your back, to keep your throat open during sleep. Smoking should be avoided as far as possible.

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