Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that often requires professional treatment available a patient to get better. When someone has sleep apnea they need to know about the available treatment options before selecting a plan. Since there are multiple treatment options for sleep apnea, we can help to customize the treatment to the patient’s needs.
If a patient does not seek sleep apnea treatment, there is potential for life-threatening complications due to the extreme fatigue. Daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating or focusing, high blood pressure, liver problems, metabolic syndrome, type two diabetes, strokes and heart attacks are all problems that people with sleep apnea can suffer.
CPAP breathing machine
A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, CPAP, breathing machine is the most common treatment for people with moderate or severe sleep apnea. A CPAP breathing machine requires a patient to wear a mask over their nose and mouth during sleep. The machine can provide the patient with a continuous and pressurized air flow. The goal is to prevent the patient’s airway from closing all the way while they are sleeping.
In order for the CPAP machine to work properly, patients must follow directions exactly as we give them. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, some patients notice immediate improvements after starting CPAP treatment. These improvements can include better sleep quality, a reduction/elimination of snoring and less daytime sleepiness.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease refers to progressive lung diseases that make it harder for someone to breathe. COPD treatments include stopping smoking, taking prescribed medications and for people who have moderate or severe COPD lung therapy treatments are also a possibility. Making positive lifestyle choices can also assist when it comes to slowing down damage to the lungs.
These positive choices can include, exercising regularly, eating high nutrition foods, drinking plenty of water and learning a few beneficial breathing techniques. According to the COPD Foundation, obstructive sleep apnea occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of patients who have received a COPD diagnosis.
According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea is one of the many sleeping disorders that can lead to insomnia. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often the first type of treatment for an insomnia treatment plan. The way cognitive behavioral therapy works is by teaching patients how to develop the good sleeping habits that allow them to get a good night’s sleep. This therapy can include the patient doing things like creating a serene sleeping environment, learning relaxation methods, getting enough exercise and avoiding caffeine.
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, about 90 million Americans suffer from snoring activity during sleep. From this number, about half have an Obstructive Sleep Apnea diagnosis. The severity of the snoring will ultimately determine the treatment. Some of the more popular snoring treatments include losing weight, drinking less alcohol, changing sleeping positions, using nasal strips and using a CPAP breathing machine.
Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that often leads to extreme daytime sleepiness. This disorder can often cause people to fall asleep throughout the day for brief periods of time. Since there is currently no cure available for this sleeping disorder, a narcolepsy treatment plan tends to include the patient using multiple approaches. These treatment options require a patient to take naps throughout the day (when it is convenient for them to do so), avoid smoking, avoid drinking alcohol, get regular exercise and seek some form of coping support.
Also known as Reactive Airway Disease, asthma is a chronic lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. The goal of an asthma treatment plan is to get the patient to a point in which they are able to participate in a full range of activities while maintaining a minimum of near-normal breathing.
While there is currently no cure for asthma it can be controlled by using the top asthma treatment used today, which involves the patient using prescribed asthma medications. Since there are many asthma treatment medications available, making an appointment with a medical professional in order to determine which medication option is best is necessary. Call us today and begin the path toward a treatment plan that works for your sleep issues.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options and the various treatments we provide, call (310) 551-1881 to schedule a consultation.