Sleep Therapy and Treatment

Sleep Therapy and Treatment

Types of Treatment

When diagnosing sleep apnoea, your doctor will consider the results of your sleep examination to determine the most appropriate treatment. The severity and frequency of the symptoms are important in determining the correct therapy. For example, if sleep apnoea occurs when you’re lying on your back then the doctor may prescribe a treatment to prevent you from rolling onto your back. The long term effects from untreated OSA can be severe so it is important to use the treatment prescribed by your clinician. Dolby Vivisol can support you in this journey.

Lifestyle

You can also reduce your symptoms by making adjustments to your lifestyle.

  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Strive for a healthy weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Drink coffee, black tea and fizzy drinks in moderation and certainly not in the evening
  • Maintain fixed sleep times
  • Set up your bedroom for rest
  • Keep the bedroom, mattress and bedding free of dust to prevent allergic reactions

CPAP

An effective form of treatment for OSA is using CPAP – Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This uses a machine to gently provide air into a mask, worn over your nose and mouth throughout the night while you sleep. The benefits are often felt very quickly, allowing your to return to a normal, or even improved quality of life.

BiPAP Therapy

A BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure), or Bilevel device, helps the transition from inhalation to exhalation by lowering pressure during exhalation to make it more comfortable for you.

APAP Therapy

Another form of PAP therapy is APAP (Automatic Positive Airway Pressure). Unlike CPAP, an APAP device varies the pressure depending on the constriction in the airways. An APAP device will automatically deliver pressure between a minimum and maximum setting. This means that the device changes the delivered pressure during sleep.

MAD

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) open the airway by moving the lower jaw, or mandible, forward. This process holds the collapsible part of your airway open which prevents the narrowing or blocking of the airways.

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