For mild sleep apnea, treatments help people avoid sleeping on their backs. The Sleep Better Pillow allows for sleeping easily on your side.
For people with significant nasal congestion, a decongestant therapy may be prescribed. Snoring is often a symptom or sign of sleep apnea. Sleep experts advise chronic snorers or people who think they may have sleep apnea to see their physician or a sleep specialist.
Patients with obstructive and central apnea should avoid central nervous system depressants such as alcoholic beverages, sedatives and narcotics. Treatments are available to eliminate apneas and snoring without surgery or drugs, but you must visit a sleep center or clinic to be tested.
Many serious cases of obstructive sleep apnea can be relieved by a treatment called nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nasal CPAP). Nasal CPAP uses a mask-like device and pump that work together to keep the airway open with air pressure during each inspiration.
Surgery may benefit some patients by eliminating or reducing the narrowing of the airway due to anatomical defects.