Treatment of Sleep Apnea
A dentist or orthodontist can specially make a mouthpiece or oral
appliance to ease mild sleep apnea. The
mouthpiece is custom made for the individual and
adjusts the position of the lower jaw and tongue.
You put it in at bedtime to help keep your airway
open while you sleep.
CPAP Is Effective Treatment
Fact. CPAP stands for continuous positive
airway pressure. A CPAP machine blows a steady
stream of air into the airway. The flow of air is
adjusted until it's strong enough to keep the
airway open while you sleep. CPAP is the most
common treatment for adults with moderate to
Try Surgery If Nothing Else Works
Myth. In some patients, surgery may be able to cure OSA. A good
example is a child with large tonsils that block the airway. Removing tonsils
can often provide a solution. In adults, surgery may improve symptoms by
shrinking or stiffening floppy tissues. But this is not an option for everyone.
Patients should consider the pros and cons and their doctor's opinion before
going forward with a surgical procedure.
Understanding Sleep Disorders
Some Statistical Information
A 2005 survey by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) revealed that 75
percent of adults had at least one symptom of a sleep problem and that 54
percent experienced at least one symptom of insomnia - they either cannot
get to sleep or cannot maintain being asleep.
Some other statistics on the prevalence of Sleep Disorders include:
It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of Americans suffer from insomnia
occasionally, with 10 to 15 percent having chronic insomnia problems.
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A Mouthpiece Works for Some