Lifestyle changes and professional care are great alternatives to CPAP treatment
No one does well for long when proper sleep is not maintained. Although receiving the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea may be somewhat distressing, you can rest easy in the knowledge there are treatment options available that will help you get the sleep you need to sustain good health. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive, occurring when the muscles around the airway block the flow of air. Common treatment with a CPAP machine is effective but has a serious shortcoming. The problem is that most people do not comply with its use.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to CPAP treatment. Your dentist in The Loop, Chicago, can assess your condition and devise a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Additionally, several lifestyle modifications have been shown to ease the severity of obstructive sleep apnea in many people. These include:
- Because obstructive sleep apnea often occurs due to excessive soft tissue around the neck area, maintaining a healthy weight is thought to reduce risk. Many men and women suffering from sleep apnea have experienced a decrease in the severity of their condition with even a small drop in weight.
- Smoking is a habit that imposes numerous risks to health. A major cause of fluid retention and inflammation, smoking causes a narrowing of the airway, increasing the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. To experience a decrease in symptoms, smoking should be avoided.
- Keep a regular sleep schedule as much as possible. Of course, we all experience disturbances from time to time. However, sleep disturbances have a major impact on our ability to sleep soundly. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule and finding ways to promote relaxation before bed aid in proper sleep.
- Allow sleep to come naturally. Although there are many ways we can promote sleep with medicine or natural substances with a sedative effect, sleep should come naturally. As sedatives often result in extreme relaxation, these types of products can also impede proper airflow.
Dr. Kumar of SmileMoreToday has extensive experience in treating obstructive sleep apnea with comfortable, custom-fitted airway appliances that are easy to wear and effective at reducing apneic episodes.
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