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Alternative Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

There are other treatment options available for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea and snoring. Once you’ve undergone an overnight sleep study, an experienced and specially trained sleep physician may recommend the following options:


Avoiding Alcohol and Certain Medications

It’s good to avoid alcohol and medications that relax the airway and/or reduce respiratory strength. This can be a simple, yet effective option for those with occasional/very mild sleep apnea. If you feel you are at risk, we recommend taking our test to measure your overall risk.


Losing Weight

Losing weight is often an effective treatment for snoring-related sleep apnea. Even losing a few pounds may reduce the amount of tissue in and around the neck and airway enough to reduce the number of apneas per night. Sleep apnea sufferers often are overweight because they often turn to food and caffeinated beverages to help them remain alert and awake throughout the day. By treating sleep apnea, the patient often sees an increase in energy and functioning. This allows them to eat less and exercise more which, in turn, leads to weight loss.


Positional Therapy

Utilizing positional therapy to adjust one’s sleeping position naturally can improve one’s airway passage. This is the easiest form of treatment that can be implemented immediately and may provide some relief.


Medication

Considering certain respiratory stimulant medications, such as some antidepressants and asthma medications, can potentially relieve sleep apnea symptoms.

Remember, the first step to getting help for obstructive sleep apnea is to undergo an overnight sleep study that will determine the severity of your condition. This will provide an experienced and specially trained sleep physician with the necessary data to recommend therapy options that can get you on your way to a better night’s sleep.