Getting relief from your sleep apnea symptoms requires that you first find the right sleep apnea cures. Sleep apnea cures can range from lifestyle changes to treatments focused on the underlying cause. In some cases, sleep apnea cannot be cured. Luckily, the symptoms can be managed through the right treatments and changes, though. We can help create a treatment plan that will give you the relief you deserve from your sleep apnea.
What causes sleep apnea? For most people with the condition, it is caused by an airway obstruction. Your muscles naturally relax during sleep, but the muscles around your airway maintain just enough strength to keep it open. In those with sleep apnea, excess tissue, narrow airways or other issues can cause the airway to collapse and become blocked. Your breathing is then interrupted, and your brain wakes just enough to get your airways reopened. Your breathing can become impaired hundreds of times throughout the night, which puts an incredible strain on your cardiovascular system. Your brain suffers as well, because of the lack of oxygen it is getting overall and the fact that it has to wake frequently. Consistently waking prevents you from getting the sleep you need. Sleep apnea cures are designed to get to the bottom of your sleep apnea so that you can sleep soundly once again.
Most treatments are designed to alleviate daytime symptoms, as well as reduce the frequency and severity of apnea episodes. These treatments include:
- Lifestyle changes
Being overweight or obese can dramatically increase the risk of sleep apnea, so losing weight may be all that is needed to cure your apnea. Other lifestyle changes may include throat exercises, smoking cessation, alcohol reduction, improved sleep hygiene and changes in your sleep position.
- Apnea machines
Controlled positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP therapy, and similar machines work by keeping the airway open using air pressure. They are highly effective in treating sleep apnea, relieving symptoms and improving overall sleep quality.
- Dental devices
Sleep apnea mouthpieces are excellent options for those who cannot tolerate apnea machines or who have mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are designed to change the position of the lower jaw, which creates stability in the oral soft tissue and prevents the collapse that obstructs breathing.
Patients who have certain structural abnormalities or who do not get relief from more conservative sleep apnea treatment options may need to consider surgery.
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