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Can You Treat Sleep Apnea on Your Own?

Posted on 7/10/2018 by Tricia Ramsay
Can You Treat Sleep Apnea on Your Own?Sleep apnea is a serious issue that can have grave consequences if left untreated. That makes people wonder what their options for treatment are.

Many will turn to a doctor or a dentist to find help treating their sleep apnea. Others will try to figure out ways to do it on their own. They need to know whether this is the best choice for them.

Getting a Diagnosis

Before you can treat anything, you need to know what you are treating. That means you have to have a diagnosis for sleep apnea. The best way to that is through a sleep study test. For people who do not want to do that, they can look at the risk factors and the warning signs for sleep apnea and decide that they need to do something about it.

That is not the best course, but it is a path many take. The good thing is that many of the things you can do on your own will help more than just sleep apnea.

•  Lose weight - Excess weight is the most common cause of sleep apnea. Losing weight will not hurt even if you don't have apnea.
•  Drinking and Smoking - Eliminating alcohol and smoking will improve health in many ways including sleep apnea.
•  Cough and congestion treatments - Finding ways to control coughing and congestion when you sleep can help.
•  Humidifier - A humidifier may make it easier to breathe while you sleep.
•  Sleep position - Raise your head while you sleep for some relief from apnea.
•  Sleep devices - Strips and decides that open up your breathing passages are good for a temporary fix.

There are things people can do to treat their sleep apnea on their own, but they may not resolve the problem completely. It is important to get a good diagnosis and find out the cause of the sleep apnea to determine the best course of treatment.

For help diagnosing or treating sleep apnea or if you have any question, contact our offices and we will be glad to help.

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