Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders associated with poor health and increased risk of fatal complications like heart attack, stroke, depression, lack of concentration, and car accidents. It causes a person’s breathing to stop and restart while they are asleep. This involuntary stoppage occurs because the airway is blocked. Studies have shown that at least one person in five individuals has mild obstructive sleep apnea. Research has also revealed that nearly 18 million people in America have OSA, but only 20% of them know they have it. This disorder is prevalent in women who are approaching or have reached menopause.
If left untreated, this disorder can lead to other serious complications, such as depression and heart diseases. It also leaves the individual feeling sleepy, which increases their risk of getting involved in road accidents. There are different ways of treating obstructive sleep apnea, but each method depends on the severity and cause. The main goal of each of these treatment methods is to stabilize breathing when the patient is asleep. With normalized breathing, the individual can eliminate daytime fatigue, preventable mental health issues, and cardiovascular changes resulting from improper breathing. Here are some of the available options for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
To normalize your breathing, you have to make a few lifestyle changes, including minimizing alcohol, quitting smoking, weight loss, and side sleeping. You also need to exercise regularly and eat healthy food.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
Known commonly as CPAP, this treatment involves using a mask that provides the patient with a constant flow of positive air pressure in their respiratory system, thus keeping their airway open. However, some people quit using this method before they can achieve real benefits claiming that the equipment is uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are several ways to make the mask more comfortable. One common complaint is dry nasal passages. Thankfully, all modern CPAP units allow adding extra humidity to the pressurized air supply. The extra water vapor helps eliminate some of the annoying nasal symptoms.
Depending on your condition’s severity, you can opt for a surgical procedure to help widen your airway. Through surgery, you will be able to harden or shrink the obstructing tissue or get rid of extra tissues or inflated tonsils.
Mandibular Repositioning Device
MRD is a personalized oral device suitable for patients with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This appliance expands the area behind your tongue by pushing your jaw forward when sleeping. That way, the upper airway remains open, preventing snoring and apneas.
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