Sleep apnea is becoming a major health concern for many American men. It seems as though the incidence of sleep apnea continues to grow steadily each year. Sleep apnea is a disturbance of breathing during sleep. Since sleep apnea causes sudden cessation of breathing, it can be cause for concern. There are two different forms of sleep apnea that can be treated by different Tucson men’s health services. Contact Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson with questions or concerns about sleep apnea.
Most physicians treat sleep apnea with lifestyle modifications, mouthpieces, CPAP units, or surgery. Often times the symptoms of sleep apnea decrease exponentially when a patient begins to lose weight. Lifestyle modification and mouthguards tend to only decrease mild to moderate symptoms of sleep apnea. Also, weight loss and lifestyle modifications do help with other medical conditions that are closely related to sleep apnea and obesity; high blood pressure, diabetes, joint pain, other sleep disturbances, diabetes, etc. Physicians may also ask their patients to cut down on the medication that they take for their sleep problems as medications makes it harder for the throat to stay open during sleep. Moderate to severe symptoms that are associated with sleep apnea may need more invasive treatment options; CPAP unit or surgical intervention. Surgical interventions are only used on patients with severe cases of sleep apnea that are not being successfully treated by a CPAP unit.
Treatments for sleep apnea will depend on how severe the case of sleep apnea is for each individual. This means that a treatment that works well for one individual may not work for someone else. The only way in which a good treatment protocol can be found is by visiting your physician at Men’s Vitality Center. Call today for an appointment.