TREATMENT OPTIONS

Why should I get treated for sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can negatively impact your health and quality of life. Fortunately, with the right support your sleep apnea can be managed.

 

The first step to finding the most appropriate sleep apnea treatment is to have an overnight sleep study to diagnose your sleep apnea. You can start the process by downloading our referral form below and speaking to your GP.

 

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Options

Depending on the sleep study results there are several sleep apnea treatments options available.

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, your sleep physician may recommend a combination of the below depending on your circumstances and sleep apnea severity.

Positional Devices

Side sleeping can be used to treat some sleep apnea patients. Air Liquide Healthcare offers the Zzoma, a clinically proven positional device used to treat patients with positional sleep apnea.

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CPAP THERAPY
  • PAP unit

     

    This unit generates the air flow used to stop your airway collapsing along with housing the computer that controls your PAP.

     

    Your sleep physcian will either prescribe you a CPAP, APAP or VPAP sleep apnea machines based on your home based sleep assessment results.

  • Humidifier

     

    Adds moisture to the air so that treatment is more comfortable.

    Therapy importance:

    A humidifier may stop the dry mouth feeling associated with PAP use.

    Overly dry mouth may indicate a poorly fitted mask. Selecting the right mask is essential for effective treatment.

  • Tubing

     

    Carries the air between the PAP unit and the mask. Some tubing is heated for patient comfort.

     

     

    Read more on Positive Airway Pressure (PAP)

  • Mask

     

    Used to deliver the air from the PAP unit. Masks are the most important part of treatment. They come in many different sizes and styles.

     

     

    Therapy importance:

    Mask discomfort is a major cause of people stopping treatment. Patients should try multiple masks to make sure their treatment is comfortable and effective. We will work with you to find the best mask for you.

All treatment options should be considered under the guidance of your sleep physician and doctor.

Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS)

Dental appliances for sleep apnea are generally considered for patients who are not overweight with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

A Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) is a sleep apnea dental appliance that you wear while sleeping. It works by pushing your lower jaw forward, tightening the muscles that would otherwise be collapsing.

MAS’ should always be fitted by a qualified specialist dentist. An incorrect fit can cause damage to your jaw joints.

In line with our dedication to quality patient care, Air Liquide Healthcare only refer patients to specialist dentists. Air Liquide Healthcare’s preferred provider of MAS is Somnomed; an Australian company and world leader in MAS.

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Other treatment options

Lifestyle modifications

There are lifestyle changes you can make that may reduce the severity of your sleep apnea and improve the effectiveness of other sleep apnea treatments.

Weight loss

Excess weight is the most common contributing factor to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The excess weight around your neck and the effects of gravity exacerbate your sleep apnea by applying downward pressure on your airway.

Losing weight may help to reduce the severity of your OSA along with other health benefits. It is a vicious cycle as some people with untreated sleep apnea may find it harder to lose weight; a poor night’s sleep will induce cravings for high calorie food and a lack of energy makes it difficult to exercise. In some people, treating their sleep apnea first has aided weight loss.¹

Reduce alcohol, sleeping pills and other sedatives

Avoid alcohol, medicines (such as sleeping pills) or other sedatives (natural or manufactured) before bed. Alcohol acts as a sedative; it may cause your throat muscles to relax, exacerbating your sleep apnea. Always speak to your doctor before stopping or changing any medication.

Quit smoking

Quitting smoking may reduce the severity of your snoring and sleep apnea and improve other health conditions. Smoking may increase the severity of your snoring and sleep apnea. The poison in cigarettes can cause your airway to swell. Smoking also acts as a sedative.

All treatment options should be considered under the guidance of your sleep physician and doctor.

Reference: 1. Romero-Corral, Abel, et al. “Interactions between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea: implications for treatment.” CHEST Journal 137.3 (2010): 711-719.