There are many reasons a person would snore at night. Most of them are connected with Sleep Apnea, which is the inability to breathe while sleeping. Other causes of snoring include the shape of your mouth and sinuses, alcohol consumption, allergies, and weight.
The treatments for snoring are many. Anything from rhinoplasty to a Sleep Apnea Machine can help an individual get a restful night’s sleep.
Below are 5 Sleep Apnea treatment options to consider for the best sleep you can get night after night:
OSA or Obstructive Sleep Apnea is where the muscles in the back of the throat will relax so that the soft tissue blocks the airways, making it difficult to breathe so than the individuals wake up.
A CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machine can be used nightly in order to relieve the blocked airways and obtain better sleep. The problem with this is that the machine is large and some of the masks are cumbersome. The air pressure can be adjusted to the least amount that benefits a person’s sleep, which is a plus for many who do not like the continuous air.
The BiPAP, or bi-level positive airway pressure machine, is also used to help individuals suffering from OSA; however, this appliance works a little differently than the CPAP machine. The BiPAP allows for less air to be pushed through when the patient is exhaling. The issue for many CPAP users is the constant air pressure when waking up during the night. This is the main complaint people who are prescribed CPAP machines have. When they fully wake up, due to pain or other reasons, they are confronted with the air pressure and need to adjust their breathing again before they can comfortably fall back asleep.
MAD or mandibular advancement devices are an oral appliance that helps relieve sleep apnea without air pressure and mask. An individual wears the MAD like a retainer in their mouth on top of their teeth. These are typically designed by a dentist, oral surgeon, or orthodontist. These mouthpieces are also sold over-the-counter; however, they are not personally fit the wearer’s mouth and therefore do not work as well.
The UAS or upper airway stimulation device is an implant under the skin to help with Sleep Apnea. This implant is similar to a pacemaker for the heart and is placed in the same space on the body, above the ribs, and just under the skin. The electrodes are connected to nerves that control your tongue. You will not feel the impulses after a few days. The pulse is extremely small and will help keep your tongue in the correct spot for breathing through the night. There are ways to turn off the device, including a powerful magnet placed on the device. You will need to stay under a doctor’s care, typically on a yearly check-up basis, to keep the implant working at its optimal power.
If you are having trouble sleeping through the night, or are experiencing daytime drowsiness, contact your doctor for a sleep study to find out what could be the issue.