Sleep Apnea Treatment

Are you sleeping long enough at night? Over a third of adults reportedly do not get enough sleep. Less sleep leads to irritability, mood disorders, job impairment, work-related incidents, and sexual dysfunction, to name a few!

Patients with sleep apnea fail to get a great night of sleep because of the condition that leaves them gasping for air in the middle of the night. This lack of oxygen becomes serious if left untreated – sometimes culminating in hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, or heart failure.

But there are treatment options – several of them, in fact! Some work better for some of our patients than they do for others. For us, it is important to provide options to all of our patients and help tailor a plan specific to their needs.

How Can You Tell If You Have Sleep Apnea?

The truth is – you can’t! While you can make an educated guess based on your symptoms, a sleep specialist will be the one who tells you whether or not you’re suffering from sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, chances are you are also experiencing some or all of these symptoms:

  • Loud snoring
  • Gasping for air while you sleep
  • Dry mouth when you wake up
  • Insomnia
  • Morning headache
  • Hypersomnia
  • Difficulty paying attention when awake

However, the only way to definitively know if you have sleep apnea is to have a sleep test. A sleep test, also known as a polysomnogram, observes your sleep cycle and monitors your heart rate, breathing movements, limb movements, and brain activity. A sleep test will help our sleep specialist determine which type of sleep apnea you have, obstructive, central, or complex.

What Are Mechanical Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea?

The most common mechanical treatment option is the CPAP machine, as many sleep apnea patients will try this approach first. While the CPAP machine is a great tool for some patients who suffer from sleep apnea, it is not for everyone. Oral devices are becoming more popular as they offer benefits a CPAP machine can’t offer.

What Are Conservative Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea?

There are several conservative management techniques patients with sleep apnea can try before they attempt mechanical and surgical techniques.

Conservative management includes:

  • Losing weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Relieve triggers
  • Follow a defined sleep schedule
  • Improved nutrition

What Are Surgical Treatment Options For Sleep Apnea?

Surgery is usually the last resort when it comes to treating sleep apnea. While for some, their sleep apnea might be so severe that surgery is really their only option, many patients can find relief using one of the mechanical treatment options. These treatment options include:

  • Tissue Removal
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Mandibular advancement surgery
  • Nerve Stimulation
  • Tracheostomy

Are you ready to treat your sleep apnea? 

Sleep For Life Atlanta is here for you. Give us a call today and speak with one of our team members about your sleep apnea and the symptoms you are experiencing. We will help you get the sleep you deserve! Call us today to get started.