Once our team has determined the type of sleep disorder, they will develop the appropriate treatment plan for each individual patient.
- Some sleep disorders can be treated with behavioral changes such as losing weight; developing better sleep habits; and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and sleep medications.
- For mild sleep disorders, oral appliances may be effective in keeping the airway open by holding the tongue or jaw forward, increasing the airway space behind the tongue.
- Moderate to severe sleep apnea is usually treated with Positive Airway Pressure (such as CPAP, BiPAP, Auto PAP, BiPAP ST, Auto servo ventilation units for central apnea). During this treatment, a patient wears a mask over the nose during sleep, and positive air pressure is directed through the airway and/or nasal passages.
- Severe sleep apnea may require surgery in addition to positive airway pressure therapy. Usually a surgeon will suggest the patient utilize the machine for at least a month before pursuing surgery. The most common surgical procedures to treat sleep apnea include removal of adenoids and tonsils, nasal polyps or other growths, or other tissue in the airway and correction of structural deformities.