Low Risk Sleep Apnea Treatment

Lifestyle Changes

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can result in severe health repercussions if left neglected. While some unavoidable aspects can affect your probability of developing sleep apnea, such as genetic makeup and the size of your throat, a number of more significant influencers are within your control. Lifestyle choices can help improve mild sleep apnea or help to reduce moderate to severe sleep apnea.

By making healthy modifications to your lifestyle (regular exercise and maintaining a well-balanced diet plan), you can improve your total physical and psychological health while decreasing the seriousness of your sleep apnea condition. On the other hand, particular unfavourable lifestyle choices increase the possibility of developing sleep apnea.

Cigarette smoking aggravates the throat and lungs, increasing the possibility of respiratory tract problems and throat closure. Alcohol and some medications relax the throat muscles, making it more difficult to keep air passages open while asleep. Alcohol and tobacco usage likewise increases the threat of GERD-related heartburn, itself a sleep apnea cause.

Even after making necessary lifestyle improvements, lots of people continue to struggle with some degree of sleep apnea. This is particularly true of older males, who are most likely to develop sleep apnea regardless of lifestyle choices. For many sufferers, a CPAP machine will be vital for completely reducing the harmful results of sleep apnea.

You may need to try a mix of numerous lifestyle changes and sleep apnea devices to see what treatment plan will work best for you. In any case, make sure to consult your doctor prior to starting any sleep apnea treatment strategy.

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

For sufferers with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a non-invasive, reversible sleep apnea treatment choice.

When recommended by a sleep specialist or doctor, a custom-fit oral appliance or mandibular advancement splint (MAS) fits over the teeth like an orthodontic retainer. Used while the individual sleeps, the device supports the jaw in a forward position to keep the respiratory tract available to enhance sleep, bring back awareness, and rejuvenate health.

When a sleep doctor suggests OAT, it's important that care and suggestions be offered by a certified dental expert. Custom-made, titratable devices crafted by an oral specialist are more reliable and enhance the possibilities of individuals' staying in compliance, specifically when compared to non-custom devices.

Randomised, managed trials of OAT have revealed excellent effectiveness in sufferers with mild to moderate OSA and in some sufferers with more severe OSA. In the majority of the research studies, sufferers chose the oral appliance over constant favourable air passage pressure (CPAP), although CPAP was more efficient in decreasing the apnea-hypopnea index (AHI).

Click the orange button listed below to arrange a time to speak straight with an OAT oral professional.

Schedule a CALL

Need advice?

Call now for an obligation-free chat with a sleep health expert. We're here to help.

CALL NOW
Schedule a CALL

Great experience - Excellent communication and personal and professional service.

MIKE WOODROW

I didn't know I really had sleep apnea and was surprised when the sleep test and report showed how badly my sleep was being affected.

LORNA FLECK

Great to deal with, very in depth and good explanations. Happy to help you work it all out!

JACK WAUHOP

LOREM IPSUM

Get in touch

Are you ready to reclaim peaceful restorative sleep?

Wherever you are, we can help.

As Australia's leading provider of telehealth screening, diagnosis and solutions for 'sleep disordered breathing' sufferers, we care for people all around Australia.

Questions?

Call during business hours or fill in the form and we'll call you back at the time you choose. No cost, no obligation.