Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder caused by a blockage of the airway. It can lead to pauses in breathing during sleep, disrupting sleep and leading to other health problems. While there is no cure for Bristow sleep apnea, treatments can help lessen its symptoms.
Some people may find relief from natural treatments, such as changes to diet and lifestyle, or using a CPAP machine. However, there is not enough evidence to say whether these treatments are effective for sleep apnea. If you are looking for a natural treatment for sleep apnea, be sure to talk to your doctor first to see if it is the right option for you.
There are some different treatments for sleep apnea, including:
- Changes to diet and lifestyle
You can make some changes to your diet and lifestyle that may help lessen sleep apnea symptoms. These changes include:
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- CPAP machine
A CPAP machine is a device that delivers pressurized air through a mask to help keep the airway open. It is the most common treatment for sleep apnea.
In some cases, surgery may be needed to correct the blockage in the airway. The surgery will depend on the cause of the sleep apnea; however, it mostly happens when a structural problem with the airway causes it.
- Oral appliance
An oral appliance is a device worn in the mouth to keep the airway open. It is often used as a treatment for mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. The appliance is custom-made to fit the person’s mouth.
Some medications can help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea. These medications include:
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Central nervous system depressants
What happens if sleep apnea is left untreated?
If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to health problems. These health problems include:
- Heart disease: Sleep apnea can increase the risk of heart disease, such as high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
- Diabetes: Sleep apnea can increase the risk for diabetes.
- Depression: People with sleep apnea are more likely to experience depression.
- Accidents: People with untreated sleep apnea are more likely to have accidents due to lack of sleep.
- Cognitive problems: People with sleep apnea may experience cognitive problems, such as memory problems and difficulty concentrating.
- Death: The most severe consequence of untreated sleep apnea is death. It can happen if the person has a heart attack or stroke during a sleep apnea episode.
What is the best sleep position for sleep apnea?
There is no one sleep position that is best for sleep apnea. However, sleeping on your side may be helpful, as it can keep the airway open. It is crucial to find a comfortable position to breathe easily.
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it is essential to talk to your doctor about the best treatment. There may be a combination of treatments that work best for you, or you may need to try a few different treatments before finding the one that works best. Consult your doctor at Momentum Dental to learn more about sleep apnea.