Sleep Apnea Treatments
Schedule your free consultation and discover
which sleep apnea treatment is best for you.
Treatment will vary based on
the severity of your sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that needs to be treated and taken very seriously. Dr. Olah can help you once we receive a physician’s diagnosis. Using the physician’s recommendations and your desire to have an oral appliance, Dr. Olah will be able to design an appliance unique to your special needs.
Different Sleep Apnea Treatments
What is a CPap? (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
The CPap is a machine that delivers continuous forced air to open your air way passages. It requires electricity. You wear a mask that covers your nose and/or your mouth connected to a hose that is connected to the delivery machine. The machine makes noise as it pumps air thru the tube and mask.. The tubes must be kept very clean. It is important to select the machine and mask best suited for you. Masks, amount of forced air and the noise can all be adjusted.
What is an Oral Appliance?
The sleep herbst is the most accepted oral appliance and is approved by Medicare. Keep in mind that there are many different styles and materials that
can be selected.
An oral appliance works because it provides more airspace to reduce the apneas. It also improves or illuminates snoring. It is convenient and comes with a case that you can carry in your pocket or purse. It is easy to keep clean, comfortable to wear and easy to get used to wearing.
There are several surgical procedures that can be done if you do not get relief from the CPap or the oral appliance. This would be up to you and your
physician to discuss.
In some cases weight loss can help improve or eliminate your sleep apnea symptoms if you are overweight or obese. Overweight people often have thick necks with extra tissue in the throat that may block the airway. There is no guarantee that losing weight will eliminate your sleep apnea, though it may help.
Some people snore only when they lay on their back. When they turn onto their side, the snoring ceases. Today there are several ways to discourage sleeping on one’s back. The Slumber Bump is the most popular and conservative solution for this situation.
Changes you can make that will improve your overall health
and improve your sleep
For those who are overweight, losing weight has so many obvious benefits. 60 to 70% of people who are obese have sleep apnea.
Drinking alcohol in the evening or before you go to sleep can be very dangerous. The soft tissues in your throat collapse onto your tongue sealing off your trachea. This is how the Supreme court Judge, Antonin Scalia, died.
It is recommended that you finish your evening meal or snacks 2 hours before bedtime to get the best night’s sleep.
Turn off all electronics and any appliances that have lights that shine brightly in the night. Adults and children should stop looking at their cell phones 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.
Sleeping pills affect your body’s ability to make and release the natural chemicals that help you to fall asleep. Regular use of sleeping pills is linked to a higher rate of cancer.