Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Understanding Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Options (There’s Much More than CPAP)

When it comes to treating the common and potentially fatal sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep—there are a number of options, but many people are only familiar with the commonly used (and often abandoned) CPAP machine.

CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and the CPAP device entails a mask worn over the nose and mouth as you sleep. This mask is connected to an air tube, through which a small machine circulates air, allowing you to breathe without interruption as you sleep.

Although effective for patients who can tolerate it, CPAP is abandoned early in treatment by many patients who find it cumbersome. Unfortunately, successful sleep apnea treatment typically requires long-term commitment.

That’s why the network of physicians affiliated with I Hate CPAP is here to help you diagnose the source of your sleep apnea, discuss more comfortable treatments, and help you and your loved ones restore restful, healthy sleep. Please call us today at 1-8-NO-PAP-MASK to locate a knowledgeable sleep physician near you.

In recent years, the field of dental sleep medicine has grown to include a number of customizable oral devices designed to be form-fitting, comfortable and effective. These oral appliances are similar to sports mouthguards, and they are custom-made to help you maintain proper jaw position and airflow as you sleep.

If you or a family member suffers from chronic snoring or other symptoms of sleep apnea, please contact I Hate CPAP to find a qualified physician near you.

posted by Steve at 12:14 PM