After you have had your initial appointment and any relevant tests, your consultant will discuss appropriate treatments to help you get back to restful sleeping. These may include:
Mandibular advancement devices – these hold the tongue and lower jaw forward as you sleep, making more space for you to breathe and preventing snoring. These need to be fitted correctly and we will refer you to your dental practitioner to do this.
Non-surgical interventions-treating any respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis which can cause congestion.
Surgical interventions- sinus surgery, soft palate implants or soft tissue removal (tonsils, adenoids, soft palate procedures). Your consultant surgeon will be able to discuss any potential surgical procedures with you.
CPAP Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP)- the recommended gold standard treatment for sufferers of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.This is a small pump that delivers a continuous supply of compressed air through a mask as you sleep. This prevents your throat from closing and helps you breathe normally throughout the night. Some people find that it feels peculiar to start with but soon get used to it and their symptoms improve significantly. It will help to reduce symptoms such as snoring and tiredness and reduce the risk of complications of OSA such as high blood pressure. If this is the best treatment for you we will refer you to a specialist company who can supply, fit and monitor your CPAP device with you.Please be aware that insurance companies do not routinely fund the treatment of sleep apnea and therefore you would be liable for the purchase of the machine, masks and support package. NHS Grampian do not allow direct transfer for treatment options.
Lifestyle changes such as:
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Stopping smoking if you smoke
- Limiting alcohol consumption
Supportive advice is also available from British Lung Foundation and Sleep Apnoea Trust.
Treatment approaches for other sleep disorders will be tailored to the unique cause in each case but may include cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation exercises, medicine reviews.
To book an appointment or find out more information please call us on 01224 577 400 or make an online enquiry.