If you've been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), then you've probably heard that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy is one of the best treatments. But for many people, using their CPAP machine every night just isn't feasible. It's uncomfortable to wear the mask, it's impossible to adjust to, or it's unwieldy to take everywhere you find yourself traveling. Whatever the reason, if you're in need of a cure for your sleep apnea that doesn't involve a CPAP machine, we can help!
One of the best alternative sleep apnea treatments is oral appliance therapy. Our team at Sleep Better Austin can fit you for a comfortable, user-friendly nightguard that helps you’re your airways open so you can breathe easy at night. They also allow you to open and close your mouth naturally, as well as drink water, so you'll experience limited interruptions while wearing the appliance. We have a few different options we can try at Sleep Better Austin, so if the first one isn't quite working for you, don't despair. We'll keep working until we find just the right option for you.
If you have mild to moderate OSA, simple changes to your daily life could help ease your symptoms and get you feeling better fast.
Research suggests that about 70% of people who suffer from OSA are overweight or obese. There haven't been many studies looking at the effects of lower body weight on snowing, but anecdotally, we've seen improvements in patients' reports of snoring after weight loss.
Sometimes sleeping on your back is the biggest reason you snore. You can reduce, or even eliminate, your snoring by simply changing the way you sleep. Known as positional therapy, training yourself to sleep on your side instead of your back can improve your OSA symptoms. One of the best techniques we've seen for this involves putting a tennis ball into a sock and pinning that to the back of your pajama shirt. When you try to roll over onto your back, you end up on top of the tennis ball, which is uncomfortable, and your body will subconsciously not want to stay in that position.
If you're concerned about using CPAP therapy to treat your OSA, make an appointment and talk to Dr. Hedgecock. He can go over your specific concerns about CPAP and help determine the best treatment for your needs and lifestyle.