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sleep apnea

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 13, 2007
  • 07:44 PM

can someone please advise me what is the best treatment for my problem

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  • CPAP Therapy. Ask a Respiratory Therapist, or a sleep apnea patient that uses this device. Go to sleepnet.com or cpapman.com
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  • I have sleep apnea, and I only know of three treatments for it:CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) pump, a specialized air pump that connects, via a hose, to a face mask that you wear during sleep. The pressurized air holds your airway open so you can breathe normally. This is what I use, and it works fine for me. The CPAP is the most common treatment for apnea, and the usual first treatment.There is some kind of device that's inserted in the mouth during sleep, which pulls the lower jaw forward and holds the airway open. I've never looked into these and I don't know what they cost or how effective they are. (I am going to look into them, though, because traveling with the CPAP machine is a real headache.)Various kinds of surgery to correct abnormal sinuses or deviated septums, remove tonsils or adenoids, or reconfigure the muscles and ligaments of the throat so that they don't collapse during sleep. I haven't looked into any of these surgeries; I've been told that their success rates aren't great, and that surgery is usually considered a last option.You're really going to need professional advice on choosing your treatment. You need to see an ENT (ear-nose-throat), pulmonologist, or respiratory therapist.
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