When it comes to devices for sleep apnea, there
are several different
options. Of course, choosing the correct sleep apnea device depends
entirely on how you sleep and the severity of your apnea. Below you
will find a list of the most common sleep apnea devices to help you
decide which is the best option for treating your sleeping problems.
For those who are diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, the best and
sometimes only option for treatment is the use of a CPAP
Positive Airway Pressure).
device forces a constant stream
of air through the throat and nasal passages to allow a person to keep
breathing throughout the night. As sleep apnea is normally caused by
restriction of these passageways, the CPAP machine forces air through
the constricted airways allowing a person to stay asleep and maintain
normal blood oxygen levels throughout the entire night.
one problem with the CPAP sleep apnea machine is that it requires
the user to wear a bulky
mask and be connected to a somewhat noisy
machine all night long. Many people find the mask uncomfortable to
sleep in, while others report that their partner feels like they’re
sleeping next to Darth Vader.
for those who can get used to the
CPAP machine, this is one
of the most used remedies and should provide
good results within the first few nights.
you use CPAP, you have probably struggled with using normal pillows
which simply do not allow enough room for the sleep apnea mask with its
hoses. This is why there are many CPAP
the market which are
specifically designed to allow plenty of room for the CPAP
important thing to consider when you're thinking of getting one, is comfort, as each
pillow will have the
correct cutouts for the CPAP
mask and hoses. Many CPAP pillows are made
out of foam which will perfectly fit the contours of your head, however
none can compare with the Polar
Foam Sleepap Pillow designed by Science
pillow contains special, breathable memory foam which
not only contours to your head, but also allows air to pass through it
which helps to keep you cool while you sleep as well.
the contrary, if you are someone who either cannot use CPAP or
simply finds the mask to be too uncomfortable, there are several
available that claim to help those with mild to moderate sleep
there is only one sleep apnea pillow that has been FDA
approved to treat both snoring and mild sleep apnea: the Sona
Sleep Apnea Pillow.
pillow is relatively
affordable compared to other treatments like CPAP and is very highly
people with mild sleep apnea or snoring problems have
reported immediate results using it. The pillow works by
the shape of your head and cradling it in a way to allow
the airways to be as open as possible for optimum breathing.
Devices and Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces
you have tried to use CPAP and find the sleep apnea mask to be too
uncomfortable to wear, you are not alone, as over fifty percent of
people who try to use the sleep apnea machine find it near
to sleep with. Many others are just plain unsuited for CPAP use, for a
variety of different reasons. Even if you fall into any of these
categories, there is
still hope for you. Many individuals who struggle
with mild to moderate sleep apnea have reported having success using
one of the many sleep apnea mouthpieces on the market.
are two basic dental devices used to treat sleep apnea. The first
type is known as a mandibular
advancement device, which is basically a
fancy term for a sleep
apnea mouth guard which keeps the lower jaw moved forward to
allow the air passage at the back of the throat to stay open. This
sleep apnea device is probably the second most recommended device after
some people still find these devices uncomfortable, many
still prefer them over the bulky CPAP mask and hoses. In most cases,
when the doctor recommends that you use a mandibular advancement
device, it will be necessary to visit a dentist to have a mold made of
your teeth and jaw.
will ensure that the device fits properly
which will make it more comfortable and keep it from causing damage to
your jaw, such as TMJ. While not effective at treating all types of
sleep apnea, these devices do work well for those with mild to moderate
sleep apnea that is caused by the soft palate tissue restricting the
airflow through the throat.
The other, less common
type of sleep apnea mouthpiece is known as a tongue restraining device,
which is another type of mouth guard that basically holds the tongue in
place so that it cannot block the person’s airways. Again, if you are
told you need this type of device, it is best to consult a dentist to
have one perfectly fitted to your mouth.
Although you can find a
few of these devices on the market, it is best to have one specifically
made to fit your mouth. This may cost you more, but it will definitely
allow you to sleep better and be much more comfortable to wear.
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