What Are CPAP Alternatives For Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Sleep apnea is one of the common sleep disorders, which is characterized by pausing of breath during sleep. These pauses in breath can last from few seconds to minutes.
Sleep apnea was not considered very serious in the past but in the recent times, with huge information available on the problems associated with untreated sleep apnea, there are a large number of people seeking treating for this sleep disorder.
CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy is considered one of the most effective treatments for sleep apnea. This is a non-invasive procedure allowing for a continuous flow of air for avoiding the air passages and the throat muscles from collapsing while an individual sleeps.
This helps in the prevention of sleep apnea. It is to be noted that CPAP is basically a therapy and it is not a cure. There are certain CPAP alternatives that can used for sleep apnea treatment.
CPAP Alternatives For Treating Sleep Apnea
So, what are the CPAP alternatives that can be used for patients who require additional therapy?
Oral Appliance Therapy
OAT or Oral Appliance Therapy helps in the prevention of collapse of the soft tissues and the tongue by providing support to the jaw. This helps in keeping the airways open while sleeping. This therapy can be used in place of CPAP or in conjunction with CPAP.
Automatic Positive Airway Therapy
Automatic Positive Airway Therapy or APAP establishes a very low range pressure number which automatically adjusts while an individual sleeps. This helps the individual in getting the right pressure needed at a certain point of time.
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure Therapy or BiPAP adjusts air pressure that is delivered to the patient depending on whether the affected in exhaling or inhaling. There is an electric sensor that informs the BiPAP machine to send extra air for clearing obstructions during inhalation.
Behavioral therapy is yet another effect treatment that can be used in the form of CPAP alternatives for treating sleep apnea.
Avoiding the Intake of Sleeping Pills and Alcohol
Avoiding the intake of sleeping pills, alcohol and tobacco can help in preventing sleep apnea because these are things that make the airways more likely to completely collapse while an individual sleeps.
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