Treatment Options for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

By Richard Nass, M.D.
April 13, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sleep Apnea  

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that could be potentially serious, even life-threatening. People who suffer from this condition experience breathing issues, specifically, their breathing starts and stops repeatedly. If you’re a loud snorer and feel strangely exhausted even after getting sufficient sleep at night, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

With this in mind, if you suspect that you have snoring problems and sleep apnea, visit Dr. Richard Nass, here in our Manhattan, NY office. He will assess your condition and provide proper treatment to treat your symptoms and prevent serious sleep apnea-related complications.

How is Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treated?

For milder sleep apnea cases, your doctor might suggest lifestyle modifications like quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight. If you suffer from nasal allergies, addressing your allergy symptoms will be key to managing your snoring and sleep apnea. However, your ENT doctor in Manhattan, NY, may recommend the following treatments if you have moderate to severe sleep apnea:

CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

People with moderate to severe cases of sleep apnea may benefit from wearing a special machine that supplies air pressure via a mask when you sleep. This is called a CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure device. With this device, the air pressure will be relatively greater than the surrounding air, which is enough for keeping your upper airway passages properly open to prevent snoring and apnea. Tell your doctor if your symptoms persist despite CPAP therapy. Likewise, your CPAP device may need some adjustments if you lose or gain significant weight while using it.

Other Airway Pressure Machines

In the event that a CPAP just isn’t working for you, you may need to use a different kind of device called an Auto-CPAP that can automatically regulate the air pressure when you’re sleeping. You may also opt for a BPAP machine that delivers bilevel positive airway pressure. This can supply more pressure while you’re inhaling and less when you’re exhaling.

Oral Appliances

Aside from CPAP and BPAP machines, you can likewise try an oral appliance developed to ensure that your throat stays open when sleeping. Some appliances can open the throat by moving the jaw forward to ease mild sleep apnea and snoring. You may have to try various appliances to see which one will work best for you.

Surgery

Doctors typically recommend surgery when other treatments failed to relieve sleep apnea symptoms. In general, doctors recommend patients to try conservative treatments for three months before recommending surgery.

Get Rid of Your Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms Now.

Arrange an appointment with Dr. Richard Nass here at our Manhattan practice by dialing (212) 734-4515.

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