How is Sleep Apnea treated?
At Florida Lung And Sleep Apnea Center our number one goal is to treat sleep apnea so our patients can get back to enjoying the life they once had prior to their sleep deprivation. The most commonly prescribed treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
A CPAP machine delivers air pressure through a small mask that the patient wears while sleeping. The pressure acts as an "air splint" which keeps the throat open, eliminating obstructive apneas.
Sleep becomes uninterrupted and restorative, and dramatically improves daytime functioning as well as general health.
We strive to help patients that are having problems adjusting to the transition of wearing their CPAP.
Continuous Open Airway Treatment - COAT™
Continuous open airway treatment is a first line treatment option for people with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and consists of devices that have two components which fit over the upper and lower teeth.
These devices are comfortable and simple for patients to use. Obstructive sleep apnea is treated by stabilizing and / or moving the lower jaw slightly forward; thus preventing the patient's airway from collapsing during sleep.
To address a physical obstruction that restricts airflow while breathing, a surgical approach may be an option. The goal is to increase an airway path so obstructions are less likely to occur.
Losing weight may help reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apena.