After an initial evaluation, and necessary testing and a sleep disorder diagnosis, there are several treatment options available to you. Physicians at St. Luke's Sleep Medicine and Research Center make treatment recommendations based on your medical history, sleep complaints and symptoms, as well as your sleep study results.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
- For most people, CPAP therapy is the most effective way to treat sleep apnea. CPAP works by blowing a steady stream of air into the nose through a mask, preventing pauses in breathing during sleep. The team at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center provides ongoing follow-up and support to maximize compliance and successful treatment. One-on-one CPAP acclimation office visits are also available when necessary.
- Inspire therapy is the latest treatment alternative for patients who did not tolerate or see positive improvement from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatments. The device, worn while sleeping, can monitor your breath, and based on your own unique patterns, help stimulate the movement of your tongue and other key airway muscles, keeping them open throughout sleep. For more information about this new technology, please visit this site.
Alternate Treatment Options
Some patients may wish to pursue other treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea, including:
- Surgery to adjust bone structures or reduce or eliminate the excess tissues in the throat that cause pauses in breathing during sleep.
- Dental devices that prevent the tongue from falling backward and move the lower jaw forward.
In some cases, simply avoiding sleeping on your back may relieve symptoms. Weight loss may also reduce the severity of sleep apnea. Your sleep specialist at the Sleep Medicine and Research Center will refer you to a qualified specialist for alternate treatment options, as appropriate.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Some sleep disorders may improve with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a safe and effective way to treat sleep disorders such as insomnia or circadian rhythm disturbances. CBT can be used as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with medications or other therapies.
- Certain sleep disorders, such as insomnia, restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movements, narcolepsy and REM behavior disorder may require the use of medication to help relieve symptoms. Your sleep specialist will help determine which medications may be right for you.