Depending upon its severity and type, there are several treatment options available to sleep apnea patients. Weight loss is a simple remedy for obstructive sleep apnea since it reduces overall mass in the airway. Where anatomical abnormalities are present, other treatments such as positional therapy, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), corrective surgery and/or an oral appliance are recommended. Each has its own advantages and shortcomings.
We generally advise most patients to explore reversible methods before considering procedures that are irreversible. First, look for the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:
- loud snoring
- gasping for air, or choking sounds followed by silence
- morning headaches
- un-refreshing sleep
- excessive daytime sleepiness
- poor concentration
- falling asleep while driving
- decreased performance at work
- reduced interest in sex
Experiencing one or more of these symptoms regularly is an indication you may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Your best plan of action is to schedule an appointment with your physician. He will diagnose your condition and recommend you to a sleep specialist. If you reside in the Sugar Land TX area, contact our office for an evaluation.