TREATMENT FOR SLEEP APNEA
Once you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we can suggest some ways to modify your lifestyle that can improve the symptoms. Lifestyle changes can be an effective way to treat mild forms of the condition. Some helpful changes can be:
- Weight loss
- Reducing or avoiding alcohol use and sleeping pills
- Changing sleep positions to improve breathing
- Stop smoking
If you have moderate to severe sleep apnea, certain devices can help maintain your airway during sleep.
- A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine delivers a steady amount of air pressure into your airway to keep it open throughout the night
- A customized oral appliance, available through your dentist, is another way used to open the airway during sleep. The oral appliance brings your jaw forward creating more space for air to travel through. This device can significantly reduce snoring and improve the quality of your sleep
If you have symptoms of sleep disorders, we can help. Call Pulmonary Associates of Richmond today at (804) 320-4243 to schedule an appointment with one of our sleep experts. It’s time to get the good quality sleep you deserve.