Sleep apnea is a condition where you stop breathing during your sleep. The effects of it can include not being able to rest even after a full night’s sleep and health issues like high blood pressure or liver problems.
Living with sleep apnea is rough, so naturally, you keep your eyes open for new ways to manage it or even cure it.
But can this condition be cured?
Be Mindful When Someone Says They Can "Cure" Sleep Apnea
Unfortunately, sleep apnea doesn’t have a cure, at least not in the sense most people think. A cure usually means it permanently removes the condition and allows patients to go on with their lives; no sleep apnea is in sight.
If anyone promises a cure for sleep apnea, you should proceed with caution and a healthy dose of suspicion. These promises are most likely overly exaggerated and not based on any research on sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can, however, be effectively managed through a combination of methods, from lifestyle changes to special devices.
How to Manage Sleep Apnea and Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The good news is that you can control sleep apnea and reduce your discomfort and health risks. There are lots of lifestyle changes that can help you achieve this, such as losing weight or quitting smoking.
You can speak with your primary physician to get more advice on what lifestyle changes can improve your sleep.
But below, you can discover sleep apnea treatment options you can access at Del Mar Dental Studio:
- Sleep tests: First, you need to confirm your diagnosis if you haven’t already. A take-home sleep test can measure various parameters to determine if your condition is sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, which will also help you access the right treatment;
- CPAP: The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine uses a face and nose mask to deliver pressurized air into your airway and ensure you don’t stop breathing while sleeping;
- Oral appliances: These are mouthguard-like appliances that shift your jaw and palate to a healthier position, which allows you to breathe all through the night;
- HomeoblockTM Appliance: This is a retainer-like solution that helps improve jaw alignment and breathing.
Through these methods, patients can get their sleep apnea under control. Though they can’t cure it, they can give you back normal sleep and prevent grogginess from the next day.
Find Out Your Best Path Towards Restful Sleep
If you’re dealing with sleep apnea or even just suspect you might, Dr. Todd Pizzi is here to help with several treatment options and take-home tests to confirm your sleeping disorder.
Schedule a consultation at Del Mar Dental Studio online or stop by our office to discover your options.
Want to learn more about our sleep apnea treatment options or other services? Then call us at (858) 755-0187 today for a short chat.