Sleep apnea treatment comes in several forms. We will work together with you to find the best option for your condition. Occasionally, behavior modification therapy can be used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. The patient may be asked to limit or avoid alcohol, smoking, and use of sleeping pills; reduce his/her weight; or eliminate back sleeping. Occasionally, surgery is indicated when adenoids or tonsils are enlarged, but surgery is not without risk.
Perhaps the most familiar solution is nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP), in which a steady stream of air is delivered via a machine with a tight-fitting face mask in order to control airway closure. Many patients, however, report having a hard time sleeping with CPAP therapy, and problems with eye irritation, dry mouth, nosebleeds and noise are other common complications. Because of these less than optimal side effects, oral appliances, provided by our office, allow patients to avoid many of the drawbacks of these traditional CPAP therapies.