What is the treatment for Sleep Apnea?
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is called CPAP- Continuous Positive Air Pressure. You wear a mask connected to a machine that blows air down your nostrils all night, so your throat doesn’t have a chance to close at all. Your airway is splinted open all night by a constant stream of high pressure air. It’s like being connected to a vacuum cleaner in reverse all night.
CPAP machines are very successful, if they are worn. Most patients don’t like the idea of wearing a mask to bed every night. It’s also another piece of equipment they have to have with them wherever they plan on sleeping. If they are going out of town, patients need to remember to bring their CPAP machine, and be close to an electrical outlet to plug it in.