One of these sleep apnea products or devices may be just the solution that you need! Some sleep apnea supplies can be purchased at specialty stores or online, but you'll need the guidance of a doctor for others.
Pillows for Sleep Apnea
You can purchase sleep apnea pillows on the internet or at a specialty store. A recent study at Stanford found that the best type of sleep apnea pillow holds your head in a concave cradle and tilts it back, extending the neck and increasing the diameter of the upper airway to ease breathing. These types of pillows are best used on those who suffer from only mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea Breathing Machine
A sleep apnea machine, or CPAP machine for sleep apnea is a very effective way to manage your apnea.
Using a sleep apnea CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, this treatment provides a "pneumatic splint" to the walls of the upper airway via an air pump connected to a nasal sleep apnea mask that patients wear when sleeping. Collapse and obstruction of the airway are prevented, as are hypoxemia and hypercapnia; thus, no reason exists for excess signals to awaken.
Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece
While a dental device for sleep apnea is not usually the first line of sleep apnea treatment, they may be an option if surgical procedures and CPAP proves ineffective.
A sleep apnea mouth piece can be fit by a sleep apnea dentist. This oral appliance fits into the mouth and prevents the back of the tongue from collapsing.
Chin Strap Sleep Apnea
By using a chin strap, you can avoid breathing through your mouth while asleep. Chin straps force you to breathe through your nose because they hold your mouth closed.
Sleep Apnea Implant
Sleep apnea implants, or the Pillar Procedure, can help those with sleep apnea.
The Pillar Procedure places three small rods in the soft palate of your mouth. These rods, along with the scar tissue that forms around them, toughen the soft palate up. A stronger soft palate will not fall to the back of the throat and cause an obstruction, thus helping or curing your sleep apnea symptoms.
This is a short procedure (it takes about 30 minutes) that is usually done in your doctor's office.