Treatment Options For Moderate Sleep Apnea

If you have moderate sleep apnea or moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), there are a number of methods that can be recommended by your sleep physician. These methods of treatment are effective ways of eliminating the condition’s symptoms and preventing complications.

Although not severe, this level is deadly as well. The sleeping condition affects the efficiency of the heart, and will affect your mental stability as well. It may not kill as quick, but it will kill you nonetheless, if it is left unchecked.

However, before treatment takes place, how is the severity of the condition determined? There is only one way to find out. This is through a sleep test.

The Sleep Test

The sleep test, sleep study, or polysomnography is the only way to determine the severity of the condition. It records data such brainwave activity and physical movements during sleep. It also records audio of the sounds you make during sleep.

There are actually 2 types of polysomnography, the overnight polysomnography and the home polysomnography. Both are capable of properly collecting data for the appropriate diagnosis.

A way in which the severity of the condition is measured is through measuring the AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Index). If you have apneas and hypopneas of 15 to 30 per hour of sleep, then you have moderate sleep apnea.

Treatment Options for Moderate Sleep Apnea

For moderate sleep apnea, there is one method of treatment that is widely used. This is the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure).

The use of the CPAP involves wearing a mask during sleep. The mask is connected to an air pump, which delivers pressurized air to keep the airway from collapsing. This popular method of treatment prevents obstructions in the airway.

Although the CPAP is the most popular method of treatment, more and more people complain about the negative side effects experienced with its use.

These side effects are the following:

  • Discomfort
  • Noise
  • Bloating
  • Painful ear pressure
  • Facial skin irritation
  • Congestion
  • Various respiratory infections

These side effects are unbearable for many people, and the result is a premature halt of treatment. Thankfully, there are other methods of treatment that do not have negative side effects.

These alternatives include:

1. Song therapy

  • Strengthens the airway muscles
  • Requires practice
  • A fun activity

2. Didgeridoo therapy

  • Strengthens the airway muscles
  • Does not require practice
  • A fun activity

A popular method of treatment does not have to be the only method of treatment for your moderate sleep apnea.

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