Overview of Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment Options
There are various ways to treat snoring and sleep apnea. These are brief descriptions of possible treatment options.
- Oral Appliances—There are two main objectives you want to cover with a standard oral appliance. First, you want to bring the jaw forward which opens up your airway, allowing more oxygen flow as you sleep. Then you want to prevent your tongue from falling back towards your throat and blocking your airway as your muscles become more relaxed during sleep. Each manufacturer has a slightly different design method, each aiming to stop your snoring and sleep apnea. Some appliances address one objective more than another. Our ZYPPAH appliance addresses both objectives very effectively. It not only brings the jaw
forward,it also uses our patented Tongue Elastic, which acts as a seatbelt for your tongue. You will have to consult with your dentist so they can determine which appliance would best treat your snoring and sleep apnea.
- CPAP/APAP Machines—CPAP/APAP’s are a good alternative if the patient is uncomfortable with an appliance being inside their mouth. Dual therapy is a great treatment option as well, combining the use of a CPAP/APAP with an oral appliance. A CPAP/APAP is a machine that pushes air into your lungs via face-mask covering your mouth and nose. Thus ensuring the patient continues breathing throughout the night. CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, which means it is continuously blowing air. Whereas the APAP, Automatic Positive Airway Pressure adjusts the air pressure, lessening the airflow intermittently so the patient can exhale easier.
- Chin Straps— It’s just what it sounds like—material made to cup your chin and fit over your head. They keep your mouth in a closed and forward position.
Similarto an oral appliance, which brings the jaw forward from the inside, the chin strap does that from the outside.
- Nasal Strips— The purpose of nasal strips is to widen your nostrils and improve airflow. They are good if the snoring originates from the nose.
- Anti-Snore Pillows—According to research, the idea behind these pillows is quite simple. Because most people have poor sleep posture, their airways are
restricted.If you’ve followed any of our articles on snoring, you know this is a no-no. Airway restriction can lead to snoring, and may be an underlying symptom of sleep apnea. Anti-snore pillows correct your sleep posture by supporting your neck with thicker sides and a thinner middle. This action aligns the head with the spine to help keep air passages open. More oxygen means less snoring.
This comparison represents only some of the treatment options available. There are more options, however these are the most common. If you or a loved one snore, or think you have sleep apnea, you need to see a Sleep Certified™ doctor for testing and possible treatment.