What Treatments Are Available For Sleep Apnea?

sleep-apneaSleep apnea is a common sleep condition in children and adults, and it can be dangerous. If you are suffering from sleep apnea, know Dr. Paul Covell provides different treatment options.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea happens when your throat muscles relax while you sleep, forcing your airways to become blocked. There are many causes to sleep apnea, including,

  • Obesity
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Alcohol use
  • Some types of medications
  • History of a stroke
  • Smoking
  • A backward jaw
  • Undeveloped jaw
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Larger adenoids or tonsils

How Can I Treat My Sleep Apnea?

There are two primary types of sleep apnea treatment, CPAP machines, and MicrO2. You have probably heard of CPAP, as it is the most commonly used treatment for sleep apnea. CPAP means continuous positive airway pressure and works by placing a mask over your mouth and/or nose to force air into your airway.

CPAP machines are usually gentle and are great for keeping the airway open while you sleep. There are also other machines called BiPAP and APAP. BiPAP machines use two sets of pressure to make it easier to breathe out. APAP machines automatically adjust air pressure to your needs.

MicrO2 is an alternative sleep apnea treatment offered by Dr. Paul Covell and resembles a mouth guard. This type of sleep apnea treatment is a device designed uniquely to fit your mouth to hold your jaw forward and keep your tongue free from your airway while you are sleeping. MicrO2 is a more comfortable option for treating apnea and is completely safe and effective.

Get Your Sleep Apnea Treatment Today

Sleep apnea can be frustrating and detrimental to your health. Waking up groggy, still tired, and with a sore throat is not how anyone wants to start their day. Our staff understands that sleep apnea may be negatively affecting your life, and you’re ready for solutions. If you’re ready to reduce your snoring and get a better quality of sleep, call Dr. Paul Covell’s office at (713) 943-9832 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Covell to determine the best sleep apnea treatment option for you.

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