Sleep apnea is a serious disorder that causes disruptions in breathing while you sleep. Once you’ve been diagnosed, the most common course of treatment is a CPAP machine. At North Texas Sleep Solutions, Dr. Lauck is committed to helping treat your sleep apnea after your general physician or a sleep specialist has diagnosed you with the sleep disorder.
Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
If you are suffering from severe snoring, or notice that you are waking up in the middle of the night due to problems breathing, sleep apnea may be to blame. In order to receive a diagnosis, a sleep study will be recommended by a general physician or sleep specialist. You will then be referred for treatment through either CPAP or an oral appliance. Dr. Lauck can help treat your sleep apnea allowing you to breathe better.
Risks of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and strokes have all be shown to be higher in those who suffer from sleep apnea. Leaving the disorder untreated, can have a permanent effect on your health, from sleep deprivation to more serious issues. Seeking treatment as soon as possible can help prevent these complications.
Treating Sleep Apnea
While oral appliances can offer a solution to obstructive sleep apnea, the most common course of treatment used is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP. By using a mask that applies mild air pressure, preventing obstruction of your airway, CPAP allows you to breathe better while you sleep. Over the course of a couple appointments, including studies to ensure your treatment is working, CPAP is customized to each individual patient’s needs.
Sleep apnea machines have been developed for maximum comfort, allowing you to sleep without interruption. The machines are quiet, with masks that can be custom fit for your face. Working with different masks can help you find a solution that works for you based on how you sleep and what is most effective.
Best Pillows For Sleep Apnea
Adjusting to sleeping with CPAP can take some time, possibly requiring you to change the position you sleep in. However, with the help of the right pillow and a CPAP that fits correctly, you can adjust to the feeling of the machine. Dr. Lauck is dedicated to helping you get the best night’s sleep possible, which includes the right pillow for your CPAP machine. Some of the best pillows for sleep apnea include:
EnduriMed CPAP Comfort Pillow
Not only a supportive pillow, the EnduriMed CPAP Comfort Pillow includes channels to accommodate the hoses from your CPAP machine. Whether you’re a back, side, or stomach sleeper this pillow will keep you comfortable and make it easy for you to wear your CPAP mask while you sleep.
Therapeutica Sleeping Pillow
While the shape of this pillow might seem a bit odd, it’s perfect for those who like to sleep on their back or side. Your head will rest comfortably in the center of the pillow offering neck support and making it easier to sleep. With your head held in a supported position, sleeping with your CPAP mask will be easier than ever. It comes in different sizes, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect pillow for you.
Womfy So Comfy Pillow
This pillow is ideal for side sleepers allowing your airway to remain open while you sleep. One useful feature is the adjustable risers that allow you to find the perfect, most comfortable position. Whether you use CPAP or are trying to change your lifestyle to treat sleep apnea, sleeping in the correct position can be a vital improvement.
Hermell Cooling Gel Memory Foam CPAP Pillow
Designed to keep you cool at night with a layer of gel, this pillow is perfect for those using a CPAP mask who are frustrated with their hoses getting tangled or mask getting pushed off. Its unique shape helps prevent interference with your equipment letting you sleep worry free. The memory foam supports your head, resting it at an ideal position for your breathing.
Sensorpedic sensorGEL Contour Pillow
A great contour pillow, your airway will be kept unobstructed to allow you to breathe better. Designed to provide excellent neck support, the Sensorpedic sensorGEL Contour Pillow has two contour heights, allowing you to find the perfect fit for you. Sleep better, with a pillow that will keep you cool, and keep you breathing better.
Seek Sleep Apnea Treatment At North Texas Sleep Solutions!
If you have noticed that sleep apnea is affecting your ability to get a good night’s rest, receiving treatment can help. Whether changes in lifestyle, CPAP, or oral appliances are recommended, treatment can protect your health. Our Keller dentist is dedicated to working with your general physician and health professionals to treat your sleep apnea and help you sleep better today. Contact us to schedule an appointment or consultation.