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Basic Guide to Sleep Apnea Treatments

We can’t control what we don’t know about, and sleep apnea often falls into the ‘don’t know’ category. There are literally millions of people around the world who have this sleeping disorder, but put it down to a snoring problem. Here is a basic guide to the different treatments that are available to deal with this disorder.

Treatments for sleep apnea will generally depend on the individual, severity of the problem, and type of problem experienced. To clearly identify the type of sleep problem, testing in a sleep lab will need to be done. In a lab, a person’s sleep patterns are studied to find out where the problem lies bipap machine.

The continuous positive airway pressure machine, or CPAP, delivers air pressure that is greater than the surrounding air pressure through a mask. This helps to keep the upper respiratory passages open and prevent snoring. It is one of the best medical devices available for treating moderate to severe problems.

The BIPAP is a bilevel positive airway pressure machine that provides greater air pressure when the person inhales and less air pressure when the person exhales. It has the advantage of automatically adjusting the air pressure while the person sleeps.

The ASV or adaptive servo-ventilation machine studies the normal breathing patterns of an individual and saves it on a computer. When the person is asleep, the device makes use of pressure to normalize breathing and prevent the shallow breathing or pauses that characterize this condition.

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