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Sleep Apnea Treatment

After your doctor has diagnosed your type of sleep apnea, it’s time to determine the best treatment route for you and your condition. Our experts can help you sleep peacefully throughout the night, waking up feeling refreshed. Your doctor will work with you to develop the best sleep apnea treatment options for your individual needs.

What Are the Treatments for Sleep Apnea?

Treatments for sleep apnea depends both on the severity and your type. Our sleep medicine providers can recommend treatments that range from lifestyle changes to dental appliance to CPAP therapy and, very rarely, to surgery.

Treating Mild Sleep Apnea

If you’re looking for home remedies for your mild sleep apnea, there are a few options that may help. For mild sleep apnea, your doctor may suggest both self-care and specialty treatment options such as:

  • Avoid sleeping on your back
  • Avoid alcohol and sleeping pills
  • Be at the recommended weight for your height
  • Exercise regularly
  • Specialized dental appliances that reposition your jaw and tongue
  • Quit smoking

Treating Moderate to Severe Sleep Apnea

We usually treat moderate to severe sleep apnea with nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. This mask delivers air pressure while you sleep and acts as an air splint that keeps tissues in the airway from collapsing. When tolerated, it is up to 100% effective. We have a comprehensive support program and team to help you with your CPAP treatment.

Other options for treatment include supplemental oxygen while you sleep or dental appliances to help move your jaw and open your throat while you sleep.

Surgery Options for Sleep Apnea

If you have tried home remedies and sleep therapies and still suffer from sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend surgery as an option for you. Surgery is rare and used only for severe cases of sleep apnea as a way to increase the size of your airway. Talk to your doctor about all your options to determine the best route of treatment for you.

When looking at surgery to treat severe sleep apnea, procedures may include:

  • Tissue removal
  • Jaw repositioning
  • Removing tonsils
  • Weight loss surgery if your sleep apnea is caused by a high BMI
  • Neck nerve stimulator implantation

The sleep specialists at Banner Health are ready to help you throughout the treatment process. Trust us to help get you back to sleep.