Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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Treating Sleep Apnea



Perhaps the most common treatment for the sleep disorder known as sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway pressure mask, also called a CPAP. A CPAP is a machine that is connected to a mask that you put over your nose that continually pushes oxygen to you which allows you to breath and sleep easier. You wear the mask over your nose while you sleep.

While the CPAP is a very effective way of supplying the body and brain with oxygen that is needed during sleep, research shows that many patients simply cannot adjust to wearing their CPAP mask while they sleep. Effort should be made to find the proper CPAP fit; not all CPAP masks are alike and your sleep doctor or sleep lab technician should be able to help you find the CPAP mask that works best for you.

Your sleep apnea may also be able to be treated by a dentist who specializes in sleep medicine. If your sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of the airway (obstuctive sleep apnea) your sleep doctor may refer you to a dentist for oral appliance therapy. You can read more about the role of dentistry in treating sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea here .

Other simple steps to take towards minimizing the effects of your sleep apnea sleep disorder include:

  1. refraining from the use of tobacco and alcohol products
  2. elevating the head of your mattress by 4-6 inches
  3. losing weight (to minimize the pressure on your airway by your neck)
  4. wearing Breathe Right ® strips ( to help open your nasal passages. 

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