More moderate cases of sleep apnea often require additional interventions beyond simple lifestyle changes. The two primary such treatments are different forms of ventilation devices, which promote opened airways during sleep.
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines
- This ventilator provides a consistent stream of pressure via a mask that you wear over your nose during sleep. The air pressure pushes your air passages open to prevent the tissue obstruction that results for sleep apnea sufferers. This device also inhibits snoring, and is the most common sleep apnea treatment method. Because each person is different, it may take some time to find a CPAP machine that you are comfortable with, or additional modifications to the machine’s pressure levels or other settings may be needed. However, CPAP machines can provide life-changing benefits that can diminish the threats posed by sleep apnea.