To improve your sleep quality, treatment of insomnia might include medications to calm you. Other methods could range from meeting with a Fairview counselor to help you calm unwanted thoughts to making simple changes in your sleep habits. Simple changes include such things as getting up if you are awake or totally darkening the room to make it easier to sleep.
Treating sleep apnea with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
If your sleep study shows that you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), special breathing equipment (CPAP) may be used during the night to improve your sleep and breathing. Using the CPAP machine will help keep your airway open so that you can breathe easier and sleep better. Trained and certified sleep technicians at a Fairview sleep center will fit you with the equipment prescribed by your sleep specialist and teach you how to use it.
Most Fairview sleep centers offer adjustment, maintenance and repair of CPAP equipment that was prescribed by a physician. Ask your sleep technician about it. Our certified sleep specialists work with you to assure the best possible care possible and ongoing support. After your sleep study, feel free to contact our certified sleep technicians to help you with any questions about CPAP equipment or repair.
Oral appliances for sleep apnea
Oral appliances specially designed to treat sleep apnea and snoring can be worn in the mouth during sleep to pull the lower jaw forward from its usual position. This small change is often enough to keep your airway open during sleep. These advancement devices, called mandibulars, look something like mouth guards worn by athletes.
To test the effectiveness of this, try making a snoring sound and then thrust your jaw forward. The snoring stops. Our sleep specialists will help you decide if this option is right for you.
Surgery for sleep apnea
Sleep specialists may recommend surgery for you to correct anatomic problems. Surgery sometimes proves more effective to stop snoring than to correct sleep apnea as it may be difficult for your doctor to determine which part of the airway is obstructing airflow. Several types of operations may be used to treat sleep apnea. The most common is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). If you wish to explore this option, request a referral from your sleep specialist to an otolaryngologist who specializes in sleep apnea surgery.