After completing a sleep study, the patient’s physician will receive a copy of the report which summarizes the data collected and recommended treatment options from the Sleep Specialist. Please note a Sleep Specialist is not a sleep technician, but a physician that is Board Certified in Sleep Medicine. Some types of treatment for sleep disorders are:
- CPAP Therapy
- Weight Loss
- Positional Therapy
- Treating poor sleep hygiene
- Oral Appliances
- Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for children
In the event that an individual is diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the physician may recommend CPAP Therapy.
A CPAP machine is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device that is used to administer a constant flow of oxygen during sleep. The CPAP machine can be very beneficial in treating sleep apnea. Some patients with sleep apnea who use CPAP therapy report dramatic improvement in their health. CPAP therapy can however be intimidating to some, but compliance to CPAP therapy is crucial.
There are a variety of different masks to fit each patient. With advances in medical technology they are now more comfortable and quiet than ever. It should be noted that over time it is a good idea to have a follow up sleep study to make sure the CPAP is set on correct settings. Our bodies change and so does our airflow which could require an adjustment in settings. If you have questions about changing these settings, please speak with your physician. A prescription is required in order to purchase a CPAP or adjust settings.
If you are in need of a CPAP, please contact your physician or Echelon Medical at 866-539-6718.
Weight Loss can be effective in treating sleep apnea. People who are overweight tend to have a larger neck circumference which can make the airway narrower. Those suffering from sleep apnea may find it difficult to exercise due to excessive sleepiness. The American Sleep Apnea Association suggests using an additional treatment option to assist with weight loss. In any case, individuals should speak with their physician to determine best course of action.
Oral Appliances can be helpful in treating sleep apnea by keeping the airway open. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association oral appliances are typically more effective for those with mild sleep apnea and for non-obese people. Your Sleep Specialist can refer you to a dentist who specializes in treating sleep apnea.
Positional Therapy can be recommended for individuals whose apneas are more severe when sleeping on the back (supine). Positional Therapy is meant to avoid supine sleeping. There are several pillows or alarms on the market today. Consult your physician to determine which option is best for you.