Treatment of sleep disordered breathing will be dependent on the severity of this disorder as well as the type or classification of the sleep disordered breathing. Typically, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep disordered breathing seen in patients. There are also other forms of sleep disordered breathing such as central sleep apnea and mix sleep apnea (complex apnea).
When discussing treatment plans for your sleep disordered breathing, it is important for a copy of the original sleep study to be forwarded to your healthcare provider. The health care provider will review the results of the sleep study including the number and type of sleep disordered breathing event you had, what stage of sleep they occurred in, what body position the card in, the average time of the events as well is the longest time of the events.
Your healthcare provider may also perform an additional physical assessment including an assessment of your nasal and oropharynx to help guide them in offering possible treatment modalities for your sleep disordered breathing. Other procedures that may be required include a panoramic image of your teeth as well as various types of x-ray procedures to assess the overall anatomical structure of your upper airway.
Your sleep doctor will discuss treatment options with you. These options include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy and surgery.