Treatments & Services
The most common therapy for a sleep disorder is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a simple but effective procedure for keeping the airway open during sleep.
The CPAP device is a shoe box-size air compressor with an air pump
and filter. The units can be rented or purchased at medical supply
stores for use at home. The patient wears a CPAP which
blows pressured air through a tube. The pressure keeps the airway
propped open but doesn't interfere with breathing in and out.
Another treatment option is an oral appliance that the patient wears
to bed. The custom-fitted mouthpiece forces an under bite that opens up
space behind the tongue to clear the airway. Surgery to remove excess
tissue or enlarged tonsils that constrict breathing also may be
beneficial for some patients.
The bottom line is that if you're not sleeping well, talk to your doctor
about the Holland Hospital Sleep Center. Sleeping disorders such as
Sleep Apnea should be diagnosed and treated early to avoid more
serious heart problems later in life.
Holland Hospital Sleep Center