About Sleep Apnea
Mild Sleep Apnea
If you are diagnosed with mild sleep apnea, you can begin a more conservative treatment plan. Mild treatment might involve eliminating the use of alcohol and sedatives, making diet changes in order to lose weight, and avoiding sleeping on your back.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The most effective obstructive sleep apnea treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Pressure settings are determined on an individual basis and will be recommended by your dedicated sleep specialist.
If you have 20 or more breathing cessation episodes in an hour, then you would be eligible for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment. The number of breathing cessation episodes per hour is often referred to as the apnea-hypopnea index, or the respiratory disturbance index. If a patient with less than 20 episodes per hour is experiencing issues such as fatigue, sleepiness or serious complications such as heart failure, they would also qualify for OSA treatment.