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Living with Sleep Apnea and a CPAP Machine

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If you've been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, you've probably already experienced some lack of sleep. Your treatment regimen may involve using a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, and this in itself can make sleeping more difficult. But if you stick with the treatment, it will finally pay off and you'll start having good quality sleep again. Here are some of the realities of treating OSA.

Common Lifestyle Changes

People with OSA are expected to make some lifestyle changes as they seek treatment for the condition. For instance, you should avoid sleeping on your back as this makes the throat and tongue muscles relax and fall backward into the airway.

Exercise and dietary changes can also help with this condition. Overweight OSA patients should attempt a weight-loss regimen to help reduce the buildup of fatty tissue in the throat and increase airflow during sleep. Foods like celery, red meat, dark chocolate, and spicy foods should be avoided before going to bed.

Smoking, alcohol and drug use should be greatly reduced if not totally removed. Smoke causes inflammation of some throat and lung tissues, while alcohol relaxes the throat muscles, causing them to fall back and block the airways. These should especially be avoided during the three to four hours before going to bed.

Living with a CPAP Machine

OSA in itself is enough of a challenge - you'll have to sleep with a mask every single night, which is challenging. Some reports show that 30 to 50 percent of patients don't like their CPAP treatment and up to 50 percent stop using it within three weeks of starting.

Don't end up being another statistic. The best way to stick with it is to make sure you test out the CPAP machine for its weight, size and comfort before buying it.

Bottom line: Although you'll have to make some adjustments during OSA treatment, you'll still be able to live a normal life, go on vacations, and do basic things without your OSA or CPAP machine hindering you. Remember, you're just one of the over 25 million Americans dealing with OSA, most of whom remain undiagnosed. Staying on top of your treatment regimen and making good lifestyle choices will be important as you work to achieve remission.

However, if you find that you just can't stand using a CPAP machine, know that you have options. Dr. Buck provides alternative treatments that are far less invasive and much more comfortable. For more information, contact Dr. Buck and the Balance Epigenetic Orthodontics team at 206-316-8286.

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Epigenetic Orthodontics can open and protect the airway enhancing breathing both during sleep and awake activities.

Dr. Buck practices a philosophy that integrates airway into all diagnosis and treatments. Dentistry has traditionally not considered the airway when planning dental treatments. Fortunately, today there is a rapidly growing movement that now recognizes how dentistry can have an impact on the airway which affects breathing during sleep. If dental treatments, including TMJ, orthopedic and orthodontics are well planned the result can be that the airway is protected or even enhanced. There is a clear link between underdeveloped and retruded jaws together with narrow dental arches that puts a patient at risk for sleep breathing disorders.

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