Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obesity, which should be done first in the treatment of sleep apnea, is to be overcome. If there are significant anatomic strictures in the upper respiratory tract, the patient should be evaluated for surgical intervention by an Ear Nose Throat specialist.
Progressive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy should be used in the treatment of sleep apnea. Depending on the treatment effect and the patient's preference, the patient should be followed up either by making adjustments in automatic settings or by switching to a constant pressure device. In case of difficulty in using CPAP device or in case of mild cases, it can be prevented to block the upper respiratory tract by falling back to the lower jaw with the appliance in the mouth.
The specific treatment of sleep apnea is provided by the use of devices that deliver compressed air to keep the airway open continuously. PAP (positive airway pressure) devices prevent sleep apnea by allowing upper airways to remain open during sleep. These devices, which give compressed air through a silicon mask that sits firmly on the face during the night, may initially seem annoying to the patient. However, patients who wake up in the morning and have wakefulness easily accept the device. A second night must be spent in the sleep laboratory to determine which device is appropriate for the patient and to see if apneas are missing or have been reduced to a minimum number. After sleep apnea therapy, the survivors of sleep apnea survivors rise again.