Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) treatment is the first choice for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. A mask is attached to the machine, supplying a constant stream of air to keep the breathing passages open.
In the past, CPAP machines were bulky and uncomfortable. However, modern CPAP technology machines are comfortable, quiet and much lighter than their older counterparts. Now it is easier than ever to enjoy restful sleep, which will boost your physical and mental energy.
Sleep specialists also recommend Bilevel Positive airway pressure BiPAP or BPAP devices for central sleep apnea sufferers who have weak breathing patterns and are unable to adapt to using CPAP machines. BPAP and BiPAP devices automatically adjust pressure while the wearer sleeps. It will provide more pressure during inhalation and less during exhalation.
Certain BiPAP machines (with a backup rate) can automatically deliver breaths when it detects that the wear has not breathed for a set amount of seconds.
Expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) is a single-use device that fits over the nostrils, opening the airway. EPAP is less intrusive than CPAP, but only effective for mild obstructive sleep apnea.
Adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) is used to treat both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. This device stores information about the user's breathing pattern. It automatically supplies airflow pressure to help prevent breathing pauses during sleep.
In selected cases, a surgeon may remove excess tissue, adenoids or tonsils from the back of the patient's throat or from inside the nose to open the airways. Other forms of surgery for sleep apnea include jaw reconstruction to enlarge the upper airway, and implanting plastic rods into the soft palate.
MySleep provides a range of safe and effective sleep apnea therapy options as well as CPAP and BiPAP devices, parts and services through a national network of leading sleep and health consultants.
Get in touch with MySleep today to discuss your sleep disorders and to improve your sleep quality and quantity without the risks associated with surgery.