Effective treatment is crucial for managing sleep apnoea and reducing its associated health risks. Treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the type of sleep apnoea diagnosed4.
Here are some common approaches:
In mild cases of sleep apnoea, lifestyle changes can often make a significant difference. These changes include weight loss, regular exercise, avoiding alcohol and sedatives, sleeping on your side, and maintaining a consistent sleep schedule.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
CPAP is the most common and effective treatment for moderate to severe sleep apnoea. It involves wearing a mask over the nose or mouth during sleep, which delivers a continuous flow of air pressure to keep the airway open.
Dentists can provide oral appliances that help keep the airway open by repositioning the jaw or tongue. These devices are typically used for mild to moderate cases of sleep apnoea or for those who cannot tolerate CPAP therapy.
For individuals with central sleep apnoea or complex sleep apnoea syndrome, additional treatment options may include adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV), bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP), or medications to stimulate breathing.
It's important to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have sleep apnoea. They can conduct a sleep study and recommend the most suitable treatment option based on your individual circumstances.
Sleep apnoea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that requires proper diagnosis and treatment.
Ignoring the condition can lead to a range of health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even an increased risk of accidents due to daytime sleepiness.
With various treatment options available, it is possible to manage sleep apnoea effectively and improve the quality of sleep and overall wellbeing.
If you suspect you or a loved one may have sleep apnoea, don't hesitate to seek medical advice and take the necessary steps towards a better night's sleep.
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- Sleep Apnoea – NHS
- Different types of Sleep Apnoea – Sleep Foundation
- Sleep Apnoea treatments - WebMD