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What are your treatment solutions?

You have several solutions for treating your snoring or sleep apnea depending on the severity of your medical condition. For example…

Snoring…

If you snore, you might try to sleep on your side, lose extra weight, use medicines both prescription and over the counter for colds and allergies, and watch your consumption of alcohol before bedtime. You can find more ideas just by going online and searching for snoring solutions.

However, if you are a chronic snorer and you are being told that it disrupts the sleep of others and it is loud enough that it can easily be heard even with the door closed, you should get this checked out by a physician. This is called “heroic snoring” and is closely associated with having sleep apnea.

 

Obstructive sleep apnea…

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, then your solutions are likely to:

Use a CPAP machine. This is the default most physicians will recommend because it can immediately relieve your symptoms and treat your apnea. They are effective and many people successfully treat their apnea for years. But, as many as 40-60% of you that try a CPAP, will eventually stop using it.

Many of you will not be able to not get a mask to fit so it will constantly leak air that can cause you to wake up. Even if you get one to fit, you might feel claustrophobic using it. Others don’t like the lines it leaves on their face when they wake up. Many object to looking like “Darth Vader” while sleeping.

Other complaints? The air pressure is too high making it difficult to use; the noise of the machine disturbers you or your bed partner; the hoses, mask and humidifier need to be thoroughly cleaned weekly to prevent serious infections to the nose and sinuses.

If you can tolerate one, then a CPAP will effectively treat your snoring and sleep apnea.

 

Surgery…

Surgery is another solution. Either surgery in the back of your throat to remove excess tissue, reduce the height of your tongue or surgery on both of your arches to slide everything forward to maintain an open airway.

Not all people are good candidates for surgery. It’s painful and some of them eventually need more surgery or to do something else to control their snoring and sleep apnea.

 

Weight reduction…

If your snoring and sleep apnea is caused by excess weight, then losing weight may solve your problem. But if you are already thin, then no amount of weight loss will help. Surgery might not be a solution because there is not “excess tissue” in the back of your throat.

 

Oral appliances (sleep retainers)…

This is how I help patients with their snoring and sleep apnea. An oral appliance or sleep retainer is made of two pieces of medical grade plastic that fit comfortably over the upper and lower teeth. Some can be made for those that wear dentures. They work this way…

If you think of snoring and sleep apnea in its simplest term, it’s like a tiny door closing in your throat. You go to sleep and all of the muscles in your throat start to relax and your tongue falls back into your airway—like a tiny door closing.

What I make is a “door stop.” By gently moving your lower jaw forward and keeping your tongue from slipping back, you can keep an open airway while you sleep. You can move your jaw from side to side, up, down and forward, but you can’t move it back to block your airway.

Only a few millimeters are needed to accomplish this because the size of your airway is about the diameter of your little finger. They have to be comfortable to wear or you will not use one.

If you think this solution would work for you, please contact our office today.