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Marshall James Nev, PLC | Treatment Options in Richmond

Marshall James Ney, DMD, FAAOP

527 W. Main St
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 623-3761

Treatment Options
 

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

Positive airway pressure machines, used with a variety of breathing masks, are the most widely used treatment for moderate and severe sleep apnea. The mask, worn during sleep, supplies pressurized air that flows continuously or intermittently into the sleeper’s throat. The increased air pressure prevents the sleeper’s airway from collapsing.

Studies of the effect of PAP therapy show that people with sleep apnea who consistently use their machines feel better and, as a result of the reduction of apnea and hypopnea episodes during sleep, encounter fewer complications of the disease. Although PAP devices are not used to treat snoring alone, they do eliminate snoring in addition to treating obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Oral Appliances

Together, we work with your physician to create a custom, comfortable device for you that’s so easy to wear, you’ll have the opportunity to get back to sound, restful sleep faster than you may think. The appliance moves the lower jaw forward and holds it there while the patient sleeps. In doing this, the tongue is also pulled forward and is prevented from falling back and occluding the airway.

 

Lifestyle Changes

About 70 percent of people with obstructive sleep apnea are overweight or obese. Their health care professionals usually encourage them to lose weight. In some situations a physician may wish to prescribe weight loss medications to an overweight or obese patient with OSA. Abstinence from alcohol before bedtime is an important part of treating sleep apnea.

Surprisingly, there have been few formal studies of how effectively weight loss leads to lesser, lighter snoring and diminished incidents of apnea and hypopnea during sleep. Despite this, anecdotally practitioners report striking improvements in both OSA and snoring among patients who lose weight.

 
 
 
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