Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Treatment of Sleep Apnea

Various types of therapy are available to you as required. All options have one common goal: You and your partner in bed get a good night's sleep!

The treatment we recommend depends on the severity and causes of your sleep apnea.

Light forms of the disorder can often be overcome by means of losing weight and avoiding sleeping on your back. Refraining from drinking alcohol can be helpful if you regularly consume alcohol in the evening hours. If you have problems breathing through the nose, however, surgery may be your best option.

Light/moderate forms of the disorder (obstructive sleep apnea) can be treated successfully by wearing a dental splint (mandibular advancement splint) which moves the lower jaw slightly forward while you sleep.

In severe cases of sleep apnea, treatment with technical equipment is almost always unavoidable. CPAP or BiPAP machines (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) have a fan that is connected to an nCPAP (n=nasal) mask by a tube. These masks create excess pressure of at least 7 to 12 millibar in your airways while you sleep. This pressure prevents the collapse of your airways and thereby stopping your sleep apnea and hypopnea. At the same time, you are relieved of your snoring. BiPAP therapy, however, creates higher pressure when you breathe in and lower pressure when you breathe out. 

This therapy is also called "pneumatic splinting" of the upper airways. Currently there are many different masks available for every type of face.

When your treatment is successful, the symptoms of sleep apnea disappear and you can get a good night's sleep again. In many cases, accompanying diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes get better too.