Treatment options for Snoring
If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or snoring, there are a number of treatment options to discuss with our team. Two of the most widely used and most effective options are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), dental appliances or mouth guards.
CPAP CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE:
The most effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring is the CPAP. Continuous air pressure flows down your throat while you sleep. The treatment is done using a CPAP machine which consists of three parts:
- Mask fits over your nose and mouth, held in place with straps while you sleep
- Motor that blows continuous air
- Large tube called a cannula that connects the motor to your mask.
CPAP machines are small, lightweight and fairly quiet. If you travel, you can and should take this machine with you.
Benefits of the CPAP machine includes:
- Opening your airway while you sleep
- Ease your snoring
- Improve sleep quality
- Relieving daytime sleepiness
- Lowering blood pressure
Although you will likely feel rested and alert once you start using the CPAP, getting used to the machine may take a few nights to acclimate to the change.
SOME DISADVANTAGES TO THE CPAP:
- Feelings of confinement
- Sore or dry mouth
- Nasal congestion (runny nose, sinusitis or nosebleeds)
- Irritation and sore over the bridge of the nose
- Stomach bloating and discomfort
- Discomfort in chest muscles.
If you have any of these discomforts, our team will make adjustment to your CPAP. Some machines include a heated humidifiers to reduce problems with dryness and bloody nose. Other possible fixes include a cushioned face mask, chin straps and nasal saline sprays.
If you have mild to moderate sleep apnea or snoring and the CPAP has not been effective, oral appliances may be an effective treatment option.
These appliances are made and fitted by our team at Snore Appliance Los Angeles and worn while you sleep.
MAD (Mandibular advancement device)
This appliance is the most widely used device for sleep apnea, snoring and used by athletics in contact sports.
The appliance is fitted and snap over the upper or lower dental arches and have metal hinges that make it possible for the lower jaw to be eased forward. Some, such as the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) allow you to control the degree of advancement.
TONGUE RETAINING DEVICE
A less common appliance to keep to treat snoring and sleep apnea, this splint holds the tongue in place to keep the airway open.
For people who sleep on their back or stomach may use these appliances to improve sleep and reduce the frequency and loudness of their snore. These appliances are used more widely than the CPAP machine.
What is the best treatment for you?
The best treatment for obstructive sleep apnea or snoring depends on a number for factors, including the severity of your problem, the physical structure of your upper airway, other medical problems you may have as well as your personal preference and tolerance.
We will work with you to properly diagnose and select the treatment option best for your lifestyle.