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Sleep Apnea Treatment

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?

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Can Help You...

Sleep Better

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.

Feel Better

A better night's sleep can improve your mood, concentration, and overall sense of well-being.

Stay Healthy

Treating sleep apnea can reduce your risk for apnea-related health conditions, including hypertension and heart disease.

Treating Sleep Apnea Can Improve Physical and Mental Health

Sleep Apnea Can Cause Many Health Complications

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.

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CPAP Ensures That You Get the Oxygen You Need

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. 

Your Treatment Depends on Your Initial Diagnosis

Sleep Study

You will need to undergo a sleep study to diagnose the severity of your sleep apnea

Consultation

Your doctor will review the results of your study and recommend the best treatment for you. ​

Treatment

You will be fitted for your appliance or CPAP machine. You will need to wear your device every night while you sleep to get the benefits of treatment. ​

Follow-Up

Your doctor will assess your symptoms after at least three months to determine whether you need a different treatment. ​

Alternatives

If other treatment options are unsuccessful in controlling your symptoms after at least three months, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Continuous Therapy Is Essential

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.

Effective Treatment Leads to Better Sleep and Improved Health

If your sleep apnea treatment is effective, you should notice the results within a few nights.

After starting therapy, patients often experience:

  • More energy during the day 
  • Reduced snoring
  • Better control of diabetes and hypertension
  • Reduced cardiovascular risk
  • Improved concentration and mood

Research Shows that Treating Sleep Apnea Has Positive Results

"Good evidence has existed for some time that treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) improves disease-oriented findings, such as disturbed sleep, oxygen desaturation, apneas, and hypopneas." John W. Tipton, MD

Contact a Doctor Today

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.

Robert W. Hessberger, DDS

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