- The most popular and the one that a lot of people find difficult to adjust to is the CPAP machine. Continuous positive airway pressure pushes air into the throat at a rate that keeps the airway in the back of the mouth open. There are variations on the cpap such as the bipap and the apap. The differences are how the air is directed into the throat.
- Dental devices are sometimes used to keep the airway open. Usually dental devices are only used for mild cases of sleep apnea.
- Surgery is usually considered after the cpap fails. Three types of surgery are Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), Maxillomandibular advancement and somnoplasty. UPPP and the MAX surgeries recovery times are rather long and there isn’t any guarantees that it works.
- Losing weight will definitely help sleep apnea will help some people but not all because thin people can have sleep apnea also.
- There are off beat treatments like doing throat exercises and playing the didgeridoo. The theory behind this is to strengthen the muscles and tissues in the back of the throat. You can give them a try but there effectiveness is questioned.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sleep apnea cures
Sleep apnea occurs when there is a blockage in the airway in the back of the throat. Here is a rundown of basic sleep apnea cures.
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