Treatment Methods for Sleeping Disorders
Sleeping disorders can be treated in many ways. Sleep apnea and severe snoring are usually cared for with an air pressure device; most commonly, a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
A small air blower is connected by a flexible hose to a soft, plastic mask. At bedtime each night, the mask is placed over the nose, and the blower sends a gentle, steady stream of air through the nose and into the throat, helping to keep the throat structures from collapsing and blocking the air passage. The air pressure is customized to meet your needs, and may take some adjustments before it works properly.
Oral devices can be worn in the mouth at night to help quiet snoring and to treat mild cases of sleep apnea. These devices come in many shapes and styles. Some hold the whole jaw slightly forward, while others hold the tongue forward to keep it from blocking the throat. If an oral device is right for you, you will first go through a sleep study, and then be referred to a specially trained dentist for an examination and fitting. It is important to work closely with your doctor and dental professional to find the device that best meets your needs.
If other treatments are not successful, your doctor may recommend surgery. Several surgical options can treat sleep-related breathing problems. Most surgeries make the airway larger by tightening or removing structures in the throat. Other procedures unblock the nose or reposition the jaw.
Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), the most common type of surgery for snoring and sleep apnea, involves removing the uvula, part of the soft palate and the tonsils from the throat. This procedure often stops the throat structures from rattling, which causes snoring.
Being overweight is associated with snoring and sleep disordered breathing. If you are overweight and suffer from a sleeping disorder, talk to your physician to develop a weight loss program.
Peaceful Night’s Sleep
Work with your doctor to determine what treatment plan will work best for you. Successful treatment of sleep-related breathing problems can help to ensure a quiet and restful sleep for you and your loved ones. You deserve to wake up feeling alert, refreshed and ready to face the day.
For more information about our Sleep Center or to schedule a tour of the facility, call 443-777-8382.