CPAP Therapy is the most widely prescribed therapy for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and the therapy is delivered via a CPAP mask that connects to a CPAP device. CPAP therapy is still considered the ‘gold standard’ in obstructive sleep apnea therapy and is extremely low risk, non-invasive, and easy to use therapy option. CPAP therapy is effective for all severities of obstructive sleep apnoea. It is recommended that CPAP trial is done before purchasing a devise for long term use.
Dental Splints – Mandibular Advancement Splints are an alternative therapy to CPAP that can be effectively treat mild-moderate sleep apnoea.
Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) or dental splints need to be fitted by a dentist that specialises in MAS. While this therapy is suitable for some people, it is important that the effectiveness of the treatment is assessed through a trial device, before committing to purchasing a long term device.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is worsened by a number of modifiable factors. People with OSA can employ these behavioural changes top help reduce the severity of their condition.