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Goal of Therapy


According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), optimal treatment for snoring and sleep apnea is as follows.1

Problem Goal of Treatment
Primary snoring Reduce the snoring to a subjectively acceptable level. 2
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Resolution of the clinical signs and symptoms of OSA and the normalization of the apnea-hypopnea index and oxyhemoglobin saturation.2

Treatment for a Lifetime
There is no guaranteed cure for sleep disordered breathing. Because sleep apnea is a chronic disease, like high blood pressure or diabetes, patients typically must be treated for the rest of their lives. There are exceptions. Snoring and sleep apnea can go away, for instance, if the patient changes his or her lifestyle and loses weight. Even so, snoring and sleep apnea tend to get worse with age and weight gain.

It is important that patients commit to therapy as long as symptoms exist, especially if they choose a non-surgical therapy like TAP or CPAP.

Therapy at SleepWell Solutions
SleepWell Solutions is committed to resolving our patient’s sleep disordered breathing and caring for our patients long-term. We strive to provide excellent care and achieve the following three goals.

SleepWell Solutions’ Goals

  1. Develop a custom treatment solution for each patient.
  2. Ensure that the treatment solution is effective and provides the most improvement possible.
  3. Manage the patient’s sleep disordered breathing over time.

References

  1. American Academy of Sleep Medicine website http://www.aasmnet.org
  2. Kushida CA; Morgenthaler TI; Littner MR et al. Practice parameters for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances: An Update for 2005. SLEEP 2006;29(2): 240-243.
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