Obstructive sleep apnea (OBS) is the most common type of sleep apnea and is characterized by what causes the stop or pause on breathing, in this case, a muscle may be blocking the air path. It shows repeated episodes of complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway during sleep. Risk factors are age, male gender, obesity, upper airway abnormality, smoking, family history, pregnancy, diabetes, and other diseases. People with OBS commonly report daytime sleepiness, snoring, gasping, choking, snorting and interruptions in breathing.
Here are the list of treatment for OBS:
After the screening and in-laboratory tests and the patient is diagnosed with OSA the doctor will decide if what therapy or treatment plan is best for the situation. Commonly if the patient doesn’t need surgery they always offer positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy as first-line therapy. The initiation of PAP therapy requires selection of a mode of PAP, device setting(s), and a patient-device interface.
PAP has two modes the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BPAP). BiPAP (also referred to as BPAP) stands for Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure, and is very similar in function and design to a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). Similar to a CPAP machine, A BiPAP machine is a non-invasive form of therapy for patients suffering from sleep apnea. Both machine types deliver pressurized air through a mask to the patient's airways. The air pressure keeps the throat muscles from collapsing and reducing obstructions by acting as a splint. Both CPAP and BiPAP machines allow patients to breathe easily and regularly throughout the night.
CPAP is generally preferred for most patients because it has been well studied, is simpler to use, and is less costly. Each of these modalities requires choosing between fixed or auto-titrating technology. You can discuss with your doctor what options are available for your OBS treatment. Nonetheless, we always suggest patients to keep track of their progress and maintenance to a certified healthcare practitioner to avoid any serious complications.