Treatment options are available to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is treated with lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, breathing devices and surgery. Medication is not considered a reliable option to treat sleep apnea. Treatment options for sleep apnea may relieve the source of breathing problems that cause the disorder.
Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, reducing alcohol intake, sleeping on the side of the body, clearing nasal passages, and quitting smoking are effective to treat sleep apnea. The causes of involve factors that influence the soft tissue in the throat, sleep position, and lack of air that changes breathing pattern.
Mouthpieces are fitted to reposition the jaw, open the airway and promote better airflow while sleeping.
A breathing device such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may be effective treatment for severe sleep apnea cases. A mask is fitted on the person’s face to provide air. This continuous flow of air keeps the airway open enough to reduce snoring and to promote breathing.
Congenital and/or structural problems can cause sleep apnea, so surgical procedures are aimed at removing soft tissues, tonsils, and/or reconstructing the jaw to improve airflow.
Whereas treatment for sleep apnea may not always cure the sleep disorder, there is the likelihood that symptoms and signs can decrease and promote healthy sleep patterns.