Sleep apnea interferes with your sleep, making even daily activities more difficult. Untreated, it can lead to serious health problems.
There are many treatments for sleep apnea which can improve your sleep and protect your health and wellbeing.
So why should you seek treatment for sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition which causes you to wake up periodically throughout the night, interfering with the quality of your sleep. Treating sleep apnea can mean better sleep for both you and your bed partner.
A better night's sleep can improve your mood, concentration, and overall sense of well-being.
Treating sleep apnea can reduce your risk for apnea-related health conditions, including hypertension and heart disease.
How does treatment work?
What are my options for treating sleep apnea?
How do I know which treatment is right for me?
What happens if I don't get treatment?
If you have sleep apnea, your body does not get enough oxygen while you sleep. Over time, this chronic oxygen deprivation can cause serious complications, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems.
The best way to prevent these issues from developing is to treat sleep apnea appropriately as soon as possible.
How does sleep apnea treatment work?
How is CPAP different from an oral appliance?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine consists of a mask which fits over the nose or the nose and mouth and supplies pressurized air.
The air then flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper's throat, preventing the airway from collapsing.
So what happens during treatment?
What's the best way to stop my symptoms from returning?
Sleep apnea is a chronic condition. While self-care techniques may resolve mild sleep apnea, you will likely need to continue therapy nightly to control your symptoms.
Use your oral appliance or CPAP machine every night and make it a priority to sleep at least six to eight hours every night. If you are not seeing results, speak to your doctor about changing tactics.
How does treatment help me sleep?
If your sleep apnea treatment is effective, you should notice the results within a few nights.
After starting therapy, patients often experience:
That sounds good, but how do I know it'll work for me?
I'm convinced. How do I get started?
Sleep apnea is a serious condition which affects both your health and day-to-day well-being. If you suspect you have sleep apnea or have already been diagnosed, the best way to find out what treatment is right for you is to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
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