Treating Sleep Disorders
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Aurora sleep medicine experts offer a variety of treatment options that can be personalized to each individual's needs. Options range from non-invasive therapies to medications, biofeedback and surgical treatment. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is a proven, non-surgical treatment of sleep apnea. CPAP users wear a mask that fits over the nose during sleep. The mask pushes air into the user's airway, which supports the tissues in the throat and prevents breath stoppage.
Surgical treatment to correct nasal deformity or remove the tonsils and adenoids can be effective for widening the airway and reduce excess tissue. Most individuals treated for a sleep disorder do not need to have surgery.
Medications can play an important role in managing sleep issues. From treating allergies that may complicate a person's ability to breath clearly during rest to sleep aids that assist a person in falling asleep, prescription medications can play an important role in some individual's sleep disorder treatment.
Psychological treatments can effectively be used to manage conditions like insomnia. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and relaxation techniques, individuals are taught how to understand how their behavior directly affects their ability to sleep. Through the support of our multidisciplinary team at the Aurora Sleep Medicine Center, we can help individuals overcome certain sleep issues.
Relaxation techniques help create a state which encourages sleep. Techniques like guided imagery, deep breathing and progressive relaxation help you train your body to welcome a relaxed state that encourages sleep.
Biofeedback therapy helps patients improve their health by teaching them how to control the physiological processes caused by stress in their lives. Using a specially equipped computer, the person gets readings of stress levels in their body and learns to control things that ordinarily are involuntary like blood pressure, heart rate and muscle tension. This allows the person to both recognize and relieve their stress in order to better relax.
Treatment plans are personalized to individual needs and may include a variety of treatment therapies.