Patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea have already dealt with a variety of inconveniences that impact their day-to-day lifestyle. This condition, sometimes referred to as OSA, causes patients to wake up hundreds of times overnight and never reach the deep, restorative levels of sleep they require to function at their best each day. It can cause daytime fatigue, poor memory and concentration, and even headaches. Treatment of this condition is often achieved in several different ways. Dr. Heather F. Fleschler may suggest the following solutions:
- Lifestyle changes – for patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea, there are certain changes they can make in their life to reduce symptoms. These include losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, quitting smoking, or using pillows to elevate the head to improve breathing throughout the night.
- CPAP machine – a CPAP machine is often the first line of defense against moderate sleep apnea. This device uses a mask that is worn at night while patients sleep to keep the airways open. This allows for better breathing and the ability to reach those deep, restorative levels of sleep needed to function properly the following day.
- Oral appliance therapy – many patients who have used a CPAP machine know how uncomfortable they can be. In situations such as this, oral appliances may be used. These specialized devices that look like mouthguards can maintain open airways by aligning the jaw and holding down the tongue. Compliance with this form of treatment is often improved dramatically because of the comfort and ease of use.
- Surgical interventions – in severe cases, patients may be referred to a professional for surgery. This is a last resort option for our patients, though there are individuals who may benefit from having the issue permanently addressed.
What treatment is right for me?
During a consultation appointment, our team will make recommendations for treatment depending on the severity of the condition and the treatment options already attempted by the patient.
Discuss sleep apnea treatment with Dr. Heather F. Fleschler today!
Houston, TX area patients can work with our team of professionals at 5252 Westchester Street, Suite #200 and discuss the options available for treating obstructive sleep apnea. Call (713) 660-6500 today to request an appointment.