types of treatments
There are a variety of effective treatment options for sleep disorders. These options may include:
Breathing devices such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP devices improve your sleep by keeping your airway open during sleep. CPAP is the leading treatment option for sleep apnea. CPAP requires that a patient wear a mask that is connected via tubing to the CPAP machine. The CPAP machine is a blower that utilizes filtered and pressurized air to open the patient’s airway.
Oral Appliance Therapy may be an option for some patients. Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway in the throat.
Behavior modification. Common lifestyle modifications include establishing a regular sleep schedule, not driving while drowsy, reducing caffeine consumption, reduction of alcohol or medications, physical exercise and carefully timing exposure to bright light.
Medications. Your doctor may prescribe medications to improve the quality of your sleep or to improve wakefulness.
Surgery. Your doctor may recommend throat surgery and related ear, nose and throat procedures to address the causes of your airway obstruction during sleep.
Support Groups and/or Education. Counseling and stress management can improve sleep quality and may be offered along with other forms of treatment.
Weight Management. Weight loss options may also be offered as treatment to reduce risk factors associated with Sleep Apnea. Weight Loss may also eliminate or significantly improve breathing during sleep.
Counseling or psychotherapy. Use of stress management techniques and treatment of underlying emotional conditions may improve your quality of sleep.
Because each patient is unique and each sleep disorder is different, your physician will help you decide the most appropriate form of treatment and potential options.