The most common and effective treatment is CPAP Therapy. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.
CPAP works by providing a positive air pressure to the airway during sleep. This pushes against the tissues of the airway, splinting them open, and keeping them from collapsing. Breathing then becomes regular, the snoring stops, resulting in more restful sleep. Overall, you will feel more energetic, alert, and see an improvement in your quality of life.
Other less common treatments include oral appliances that can get very expensive and be very uncomfortable. Surgery is another option, however surgery can be very painful and is often a less popular choice. The soft tissue that is removed around the inside of your mouth during the UPPP surgery has a great tendency to grow back, thereby resulting in Obstructive Sleep Apnea again.
If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, your doctor may suggest you use a oral appliance (also called an dental appliance). The oral appliance fits over your teeth. You wear it at night. It holds your tongue and jaw towards the front of your mouth, so they don’t slip back and block your airway.
What Happens If OSA Is Not Treated?
The consequences of sleep apnea range from both annoying to life threatening.
Symptoms range from depression, irritability, sexual dysfunction, increased weight gain to learning and memory difficulties. You may find yourself falling asleep at work, on the phone or even while driving. In fact, untreated sleep apnea patients are 3 times more likely to have automobile accidents.
Other Risk Factors may include:
- Heart Attack
- Chronic Fatigue Causing
- A Motor Vehicle Accident
- High Blood Pressure
- Increased Weight Gain
- Increased Heart Rate
- Increased Respiratory Rate